Paris, known as the "City of Love," has captivated the hearts of people around the world with its magnificent architecture, rich history and stunning landmarks. Imagine bringing a piece of this enchanting city into your own home with exquisitely detailed lithographs by Auguste Vitu, an acclaimed French illustrator from the late 19th century. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through four breathtaking lithographs that will transport you to the City of Light.
1. La Conciergerie, the majestic Palais de Justice
Step into the past and behold the stunning architectural beauty of La Conciergerie with the 1889 Antique Paris Conciergerie lithograph by Auguste Vitu. This enchanting engraving showcases the Justice Hall, also named La Conciergerie. The building is the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, the royal residence of the kings of France. Located in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, this historic building once served as a prison during the French Revolution. The lithograph captures every intricate detail of the Palais de Justice, allowing you to admire its grandeur and transport your to a different era.
2. The timeless Hôtel de Cluny
Travel back to the Middle Ages with this 1889 Paris' Hotel de Cluny engraving by Auguste Vitu. This captivating print showcases the gallery and top windows of the Hôtel de Cluny, one of the oldest monuments in Paris. Built in the 15th century, this architectural marvel is adorned with stunning carvings and details, as depicted in the engraving. The legend "Galerie à jour" references the beautifully carved-through stonework on the balustrade. Frame this engraving and let the timeless elegance of the Hôtel de Cluny be the centerpiece of your Paris-inspired decor.
3. The Gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris
Discover the spellbinding allure of the gargoyles that once graced the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral with this 1889 engraving showing the roof Gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris. These magnificent statues, depicting fantastic beasts, adorned the leaded roof of the cathedral. While the fire that devastated Notre Dame in 2019 raises concerns about their survival, these beautifully detailed drawings will forever preserve their memory. Remember the awe-inspiring beauty of Notre Dame by framing this lithograph and letting it transport you to the heart of Paris.
4. Revisit the lost spire of Notre Dame
Pay homage to the lost spire of Notre Dame de Paris with this 1889 Notre Dame de Paris Spire engraving by Auguste Vitu. This black and white engraving depicts the world-famous cathedral's spire as seen from the roof. While the spire was tragically destroyed in the fire, it is being rebuilt to restore the grandeur of this iconic Parisian landmark. Frame this engraving and let it remind you of the incredible beauty of Notre Dame, transporting you to the awe-inspiring moment when you first laid eyes upon it.
Bring Paris Home with 1889 Lithographs
Each of these lithographs is an authentic piece from 1889, extracted from a damaged volume of the book *Paris: 450 drawings*, illustrated by Auguste Vitu. While the paper may have yellowed with time, the images themselves are in pristine condition, allowing you to truly appreciate the intricate details of these historic landmarks. When you order from our exclusive collection, you will receive an authentic piece of history, carefully packaged and shipped to your doorstep from Switzerland.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Paris and adorn your walls with the most enchanting city in the world. These lithographs are a perfect addition to any Paris decor or a thoughtful gift for fellow admirers of the City of Light.
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