THE COLLECTION
The Empress Marie-Louise
  • François-Aimé Damerat (active between: 1781 - 1819) , Chased by
  • Lacour (active between: c. 1812), Cast by
  • The Empress Marie-Louise
  • Paris, France
  • Date: 1812 (lacour)
  • Object Type: Statuette
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Height: Statuette, 20.3 cm
  • Width: Base, 10.8 cm
  • Length: Base, 11.9 cm
  • Inv: S229
  • Location: West Gallery III
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Description
Provenance
Further Reading
  • The Empress Marie-Louise (1791–1847) was the second wife of Emperor Napoleon, whom she married in 1810. She is shown in this statuette with attributes of the Art of Painting. The companion statuette of Napoleon, shows the Emperor with attributes of the Arts and Sciences. They are one of five pairs cast in 1812 for Napoleon's palaces. Both figures derive from Roman antique bronzes in the collection of Dominique-Vivant Denon, Napoleon's Minister of Fine Arts, on whose initiative they were probably made. The casting is by an obscure goldsmith named Lacour and the high-quality chasing by François-Aimé Damerat.