10 Denis Diderot

In 1767 Diderot was depicted by the society painter Louis-Michel van Loo (the oil painting is presently on display at the Louvre). Infinitely critical, he warned that none of the portraits of him were true likenesses. Later a colour engraving was made from a cut-out according to the portrait by Pierre-Michel Alix (1762-1817), who depicted countless leaders from the French Revolution as well.

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot
L.M. Vanloo (painter), P.M. Alix (engraver)
Paris: Drouhin, n.d.
Coloured engraving, 41 x 30



French Enlightenment

The materials on Diderot held at the IISH form part of a larger collection of books by authors pertaining to the French Enlightenment, like Rousseau, Voltaire, Volney, Restif de la Bretonne, Montesquieu and Holbach. Of these authors a remarkable number of contemporary editions is available in the Institute’s library