Allegory of Science

A work made of plaster.
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  • A work made of plaster.

Date:

1865

Artist:

Jean Baptiste Carpeaux
French, 1827-1875

About this artwork

In 1863 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux received a major commission for the pedimental sculpture on the south side of the Pavillon de Flore at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. For this monumental work, he designed three allegorical figures of France seated on an imperial eagle (a reference to the Emperor Napoleon III), flanked by semi-recumbent nude males representing science and agriculture. These plasters demonstrate Carpeaux’s initial conception as it was presented to the commissioning architect; they also reflect his close study of the sculpture of Michelangelo.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Jean Baptiste Carpeaux

Title

Allegory of Science

Origin

France

Date

1865

Medium

Plaster

Inscriptions

Signed right back: Bte Carpeaux

Dimensions

24 × 36 cm (9 7/16 × 14 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment

Reference Number

1957.246

Extended information about this artwork

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