Dictionary of Art and Artists



 

 


History of

Architecture and Sculpture

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

CONTENTS:

 
 

PART ONE
THE ANCIENT WORLD
PREHISTORIC ART
EGYPTIAN ART

ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN ART
AEGEAN ART
GREEK ART
ETRUSCAN ART
ROMAN ART
EARLY CHRISTIAN AND BYZANTINE ART

PART TWO
THE MIDDLE AGES
EARLY MEDIEVAL ART
ROMANESQUE ART
GOTHIC ART

PART THREE
THE RENAISSANCE THROUGH THE ROCOCO
LATE GOTHIC
THE EARLY RENAISSANCE IN ITALY
THE HIGH RENAISSANCE IN ITALY
MANNERISM AND OTHER TRENDS
THE RENAISSANCE IN THE NORTH
THE BAROQUE IN ITALY AND SPAIN
THE BAROQUE IN FLANDERS AND HOLLAND
THE BAROQUE
THE ROCOCO

PART FOUR
THE MODERN WORLD
NEOCLASSICISM AND ROMANTICISM
REALISM AND IMPRESSIONISM
POST-IMPRESSIONISM, SYMBOLISM, AND ART NOUVEAU

PART FIVE
TWENTIETH-CENTURY
TWENTIETH-CENTURY SCULPTURE
TWENTIETH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE


INDEX
FIGURES
 

 
 

 
 

CHAPTER EIGHT
 

THE BAROQUE

(PART III)
 

PAINTING
ARCHITECTURE AND SCULPTURE - Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

 
 


ARCHITECTURE AND SCULPTURE
 


FRANCE
 

Francois Girardon
 

 


Francois Girardon

François Girardon, (born March 10, 1628, Troyes, France—died Sept. 1, 1715, Paris), the most representative sculptor employed on the great sculptural project of decorating Versailles during the period of Louis XIV.

Girardon attracted the attention of Chancellor Pierre Séguier, who brought him to Paris to study under François Anguier and afterward sent him to Rome. Girardon returned to France about 1650, becoming a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1657. He worked for Nicolas Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte and, after the minister’s fall, was extensively employed in the decoration of the royal palaces. In 1663 he was working under Charles Le Brun on the Galerie d’Apollon at the Louvre and in 1666 received the commission for his most famous work, the Apollo Tended by the Nymphs, for the Grotto of Thetis at Versailles. The inspiration for this pictorial sculptural work (later moved and its grouping altered) seems to derive partly from Hellenistic sculpture (particularly the Apollo Belvedere) and partly from Nicolas Poussin’s paintings. Of his other works for Versailles, the most notable are the relief of the Bath of the Nymphs (1668–70), perhaps inspired by Jean Goujon’s Fontaine des Innocents, and The Rape of Persephone (1677–79; pedestal completed 1699), in which he challenges comparison with Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines. The effect of this group is marred by its present situation in the centre of the colonnade at Versailles, where it can be seen from all sides instead of from a fixed viewpoint as originally intended.

Although superficially a Baroque artist, Girardon’s deep-seated classical tendencies also emerge in the serene solemnity of his two principal works outside Versailles: the equestrian statue of Louis XIV in the Place Vendôme (1683–92), which was destroyed in 1792 during the French Revolution, and his gisant for the tomb of Richelieu in the church of the Sorbonne (begun 1675). Although influenced by the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Roman Baroque school, Girardon’s works are less vigorous and more restrained than most Baroque sculpture.

The classical bent of his mind and his abilities as a decorator made him the ideal collaborator with Le Brun, just as Antoine Coysevox was with Le Brun’s successor, Jules Hardouin Mansart. As Coysevox’s star rose, that of Girardon sank, and he received few royal commissions after 1700.

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Francois Girardon. Statue of Louis XIV on Horse, Louvre, 1692





Francois Girardon. Victory of France over Spain.
Palace of Versailles





Francois Girardon. Prudence in the Guise of Pallas.
Hospital, Tonnerre, Burgundy, France


 


Francois Girardon. Allegorical Figure
1672-75
Marble
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Francois Girardon. Apollon and the Nymphs
1666-73
Marble
Apollo Grotto, Versailles


Francois Girardon. The Rape of Persephone
1677-99
Marble, height 270 cm
Garden of the Château, Versailles




Francois Girardon. Rape of Persephone.
Musee, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

 


Francois Girardon. Monument of Richelieu
1675-94
Marble
Church of Sorbonne, Paris


Francois Girardon. Monument of Richelieu (detail)
1675-94
Marble
Church of Sorbonne, Paris


Francois Girardon. Monument of Richelieu
1675-94
Marble
Church of Sorbonne, Paris


Francois Girardon. Monument to Louvois.
Hospital, Tonnerre, Burgundy, France




Francois Girardon. Monument to Louvois.
Hospital, Tonnerre, Burgundy, France

 
 

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