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Millin de Grandmaison, Aubin-Louis

    Full Name: Millin de Grandmaison, Aubin-Louis

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1759

    Date Died: 1818

    Place Born: Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Place Died: Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Home Country/ies: France

    Subject Area(s): archaeology and Medieval (European)


    Archaeologist and historian of classical and medieval art. Millin was imprisoned in 1793 for completing a study on vandalized churches and monasteries in France. After spending one year in jail, he was hired to teach art history at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, where he also served as the Keeper of the Department of Antiquities. Millin’s scholarship focused on the historical, rather than the aesthetic importance of French churches and castles. He also wrote several articles about Greek vases. In 1806, he published the Dictionnaire des beaux-arts, a work that utilizes French, German, and Italian sources on aesthetics. Millin’s later publications included a translation of James Dallaway’s Anecdotes of the Arts in England, and the Magazin encyclopédique, a collection of information about artists, aesthetics, and artistic practices during the 18th and 19th centuries. Samuel Cauman wrote that Millin continued the “monographic trend” of early art-historical development begun (in France) by Bernard de Montfaucon.


    Cauman, Samuel. The Living Museum: Experiences of an Art Historian and Museum Director, Alexander Dorner. New York: New York University Press, 1958, p. 22; The Dictionary of Art


    "Millin de Grandmaison, Aubin-Louis." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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