A beautiful pair of French Medici prints. One "The music lesson" after the original painting by Nicolas Lancret which is hung in the Louvre, Paris. This print was published by the Medici Society Ltd, Grafton Street, London 1911. The companion picture title "Innocence" also after an original oil on canvas by Nicolas Lancret also hung in the Louvre 1912. Both having the MS monogram and housed in the original gilt wood frames.
The Medici Society was founded in 1908 by Philip Lee Warner and Eustace Gurney. The company's original aim was to bring artists' work to the appreciation of a wider public, and subjects were chosen for their artistic value, beauty or sentiment. The name Medici was selected after the great Florentine family who did so much to encourage art in the Italian Renaissance. The profile of Lorenzo de' Medici (1449 - 1492), known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was incorporated into the trade mark.
Nicolas Lancret (22 January 1690 – 14 September 1743), A French painter, was born in Paris, and became a brilliant depicter of light comedy which reflected the tastes and manners of French society under the regent Orleans.
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Condition: This pair of prints are in excellent original condition