Allegorical Figure of Architecture
Allegory of Architecture

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in France, Europe

c. 1675-1725


17 x 6 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches (43.2 x 17.5 x 16.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 257, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Purchased with Museum funds from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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This statuette is a French interpretation of an anonymous, seventeenth-century bronze made in Florence (formerly part of the French royal collection and now at the palace of Versailles). Both the Florentine bronze and the French version seen here reverse the original composition of the popular figure of Architecture by Giovanni Bologna (Flemish, active Florence, 1529-1608), the great master of small bronzes. Each of the reversed figures was most likely conceived to be shown with one of Giovanni Bologna’s bronzes to form a pair.

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