François Girardon

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Girardon, François


Born Mar. 17, 1628, in Troyes, in Champagne; died Sept. 1, 1715, in Paris. French sculptor; representative of French 17th-century classicism.

Girardon studied in Troyes and then in Rome with L. Bernini (until 1650) and was influenced by baroque art. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris in 1657 (a professor from 1659). Girardon was a master of monumental and decorative sculpture. He created sculptural groups (The Rape of Persephone, marble, 1699), decorative vases for the palace and park in Versailles, the monument for Cardinal Richelieu in the church of the Sorbonne (marble, 1675–94), an equestrian statue of Louis XIV for the Place Vendome in Paris (bronze, 1683–99; destroyed, 1792), and a number of portrait busts.


Francastel, P. Girardon. Paris, 1928.
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