Louis Bretez's View of the Tuileries and Louvre

A bird's-eye view of Paris, this small segment of Louis Bretez's magnificent Plan de Paris focuses on the Tuileries and Louvre. Note the lumberyards and small boats on the Seine. Structured gardens, mini-Versailles, are everywhere, all controlling nature to the utmost. Bretez was a noted sculptor, painter, and specialist in perspective views. His Plan de Paris is an important visual record of Paris before the dramatic impact of Baron Georges Eugène Haussmann's 19th-century redesign of the city.


Louis Bretez. Plate 15 from his: Plan de Paris: Commencé de l'année 1734. [Paris?, 1740]. The New York Public Library, The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division.


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