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Young Monk by Ennemond Alexandre Petitot

Young Monk by Ennemond Alexandre Petitot


This series of engravings by architect and designer Ennemond Alexandre Petitot were made in 1771. Called “Masquerade à la Grecque” (“Greek Masquerade”), they consist of nine characters—shepherdess and shepherd, the bride and groom, the priestess and monk, the sutler (provisioner to an army camp) and grenadier, and the artist himself, in the costume of an ancient Egyptian architect. Etched and published by Benigno Bossi, the work satirizes the popularity of the “goût grec,” or Greek taste in art and architecture sweeping France at the time. In his brief introduction to the book, Petitot says he extended the goût grec to the portrayal of the human body as a joke (badinage, as he called it) by draping figures in costumes composed of fragments of ancient Greek architectural elements and ornaments.



  • Series title: Greek Masquerade
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is