Plan of a garden drawn by Charles Carbonnet
under the instructions of André Le Nôtre
While drawings by Le Nôtre are rare, there are many more from his assistants and students, such as Charles Carbonnet whose father had previously worked for Le Nôtre. The drawings were sometimes multi-handed, like in this example where Le Nôtre makes comments on his conception of the site after Carbonnet had sent him a preliminary drawing describing the site and its possibilities. Circa 1690, Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France, Paris.
Sketch for a fountain,
by André Le Nôtre
Le Nôtre was a genuine draughtsman and hydraulics engineer. On this drawing, next to a quickly sketched fountain, there is a spontaneously drawn character. 17th century, Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France, Paris.
Jesus and Mary,
by the school of Guido Reni
This painting is an anamorphosis, that is an image which can be deformed, broken up or distended. It only makes sense when the viewer is in the position planned by the creator of the work. Seen from the front, the two figures are interlocked. When the viewer moves to the right or left, he sees them separately, with series of opposite facets. 17th century, Werner Nekes Collection.