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Houdon

Jean Antoine . 1741--1828, French neoclassical portrait sculptor
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This neglect is all the more strange since Houdon is a fixture of our national consciousness, thanks to his canonical likenesses of the country's founders and early patriots--figures such as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and John Paul Jones.
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828): Sculptor of the Enlightenment, worked in bronze, plaster, marble and terra cotta to create likenesses of such icons of the day as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, as well as his friends and family.
Jefferson even bought a bust portrait of the philosopher from sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon to include in a gallery of heroes at his Monticello estate.
However, Greenough was required to model the head from a portrait by the French sculptor, Houdon.
As a young man, he was transfixed by the style of the 18th century and, thanks to demand for his clothes, became sufficiently wealthy to assemble a museum-worthy group of paintings and sculpture by Boucher, Clodion, Houdon, Fragonard and Watteau.
The theme of these works is sacred/secular, so to drive home the ecclesiastical subtext of the display format, Vallance also includes several explicitly religious "icons"--souvenir-stand trinkets blessed by the pope, Lutheran regalia, a life mask of George "Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon that resembles, we are told, one of the "bloodstains" on the Shroud of Turin.
The statue is a bronze replica of the original marble statue by Jean-Antoine Houdon, widely regarded as the finest portrait sculpture ever made.
7, survey the incredibly lifelike sculptures of Enlightenment artist Jean- Antoine Houdon.
Their portraits are based on busts completed in the men's own lifetimes by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon.
In a coup worthy of its subject, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has purchased for nearly $3 million the most famous likeness of Benjamin Franklin, a marble bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon, the great portrait sculptor of the 18th century.
A beautiful marble portrait bust by the great 18th-century French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), it represents Madame His, the wife of Pierre-Francois His, a German banker who lived in the area of the Faubourg St-Honore in Paris, not far from Houdon's home and studio.