Anatomical copper engraving from: “Diderot Ou Dictionnaire raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers par une Société De Rivière gens de Lettres.” This was published by Diderot and D’Alembert, with 17 text plates and 11 volumes between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopdia became a reference work for the arts and sciences. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous. Denis Diderot (1713–1784 in Paris) was a French philosopher, art historian and writer. Jean-Baptiste Le Rond D’Alembert (1717-1783 in Paris) was a French mathematician, physicist and philosopher. This engraving was made by, Benoit-Louis Prevost. The Image is 33 x 21 cm in size, the print is in good condition and comes in a passe-partout, the overal size is 53×39 cm.

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Benoît-Louis Prévost (Paris, 1735 or 1747 [1] [2] – 1804) was a French engraver. A pupil of Jean Ouvrier, Prévost was a skilled craftsman, much more so than his master. He engraved more than sixty drawings by Charles Nicolas Cochin with great fidelity and precision. The most famous of his works is the 1765 frontispiece of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (often known as the “Encyclopédie”), edited by Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, with images of “la Raison et la Philosophie arrachant son voile à la Vérité rayonnante de lumière” (“Reason and philosophy that catch the [sun]beams of truth”), engraved from Cochin’s 1764 drawing.