Texts by Jean-Pierre Jelmini, Roland Carrera, Dominique Loiseau
1980 / 96 PAGES
After several centuries of oblivion, the three automatons created by the Swiss Jaquet-Drosz family emerge on these pages.
In the 18th century, Neuchâtel, the clockwork capital, was a hotbed of imaginative mechanical ingenuity, and their dazzling creations later scattered throughout Europe. The Jaquet-Drosz, father and son, applied all their arts to create the Age of Enlightenment dream: the artificial man.
A fascinating spectacle first for European courts and later fairs, they were dispersed in the chaos of the Napoleonic wars to reappear here and there in local festivals or circuses. The Draughtsman, the Musician and the Writer were finally found and meticulously restored. Now the magic of their gestures is again on exhibit at the Neuchâtel museum and in the pages of this volume.