Pierre-François Basan

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Ariadne and Bacchus Surprised, engraving by Pierre-François Basan after Luca Giordano's painting, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, 1750

Pierre-François Basan (23 October 1723 – 12 February 1797) was a French engraver.[1]

Basan was born in Paris. He was a pupil of Etienne Fessard and Jean Daullé. He was principally occupied as a printseller, and published a 'Dictionnaire des Graveurs' in 1767. He engraved the following plates:

  • The Gothic Songster; after A. Both.
  • An Ecce Homo; after Caravaggio.
  • Christ breaking the Bread; after Carlo Dolci.
  • St. Maurice'; after Luca Giordano.
  • Bacchus and Ariadne; after Jordaens.
  • Christophe Lemenu de St. Philibert; after Le Fèvre.
  • Louis XV, with Diogenes; after Le Moine.
  • The Female Gardener; after Frans Mieris.
  • The Card-players; after Teniers.
  • An Incantation; after the same.
  • Carle Vanloo.
  • Armand Gaston de Eohan, called the Cardinal de Soubise.

He also executed several copies after the scarce etchings of Rembrandt.


  1. ^ Michaud, L. G.; Michaud, J. Fr., eds. (1843). "Basan, Pierre-François". Biographie universelle, ancienne et moderne. tome III (nouvelle ed.). Paris: A. T. Desplaces. p. 208.