From manuscripts to self-published books, from humanist editions to contemporary critical analysis.
Literature - Iconography
Portrait of Charles Baudelaire by Nadar (1820-1910)
The Prints and Photographs Department holds a large number of illustrated editions of literary texts, as well as major collections of graphic materials relating to literature:
- portraits of writers: Stéphane Mallarmé by Paul Gauguin, Charles Baudelaire photographed by Nadar, etc.
- representations of writers’ residences
- portraits of real and fictional characters, mythological and allegorical figures, etc.
- compendia of illustrations produced for illustrated editions of literary texts (e.g. Goethe’s Faust illustrated by Eugène Delacroix)
- graphical works inspired by texts (e.g. Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Pablo Picasso)