The Unknown Masterpiece Setting

Richard Howard and Honoré de Balzac
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Porbus's Studio

Porbus’s studio is located in Paris on the Rue de Grand-Augustins. Porbus, as a court painter, lives in a large and beautiful place, with the focal point being the studio. The studio is full of paintings in process and completed paintings, sketches, drawings, paints, props and reference items, various other art mediums, and is very well lit. Porbus’s studio becomes a place of learning and inspiration for Nicolas, and becomes the place where Frenhofer demonstrates his capabilities on one of Porbus’s paintings.

Frenhofer's Studio

Frenhofer’s studio is located some distance away from Porbus’s studio. Frenhofer’s home and studio are massive, reflecting his wealth. The house is full of paintings, both by Frenhofer and by other artists. However, his studio is kept barred from view, for it is where he works on his final masterpiece. Only later in the story is the...

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