About this artwork
Jean-Auguste Barre was celebrated for his statuettes of contemporary celebrities and historical personages. This sculpture is a particularly ambitious example of a small bronze depicting a historical subject. Mary of Burgundy (1457–1482), the daughter and heiress of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, died unexpectedly in a riding accident. Barre depicted the moment just before her tragic fall, as she hunts with a falcon, accompanied by a page. The rich attention to detail on the bronze’s surface contributes to the pictorial nature of the composition.
- Jean-Auguste Barre
- Mary of Burgundy
- Modeled 1820–1844
- Artist's handwritten name "BARRE" appears in original cast on base. Foundry mark: "Susse Freres" - stamped and appears to be part of the original cast on proper left front of base.
- 52.1 × 45.7 × 22.9 cm (20 1/2 × 18 × 9 in.)
- Bequest of Arthur Rubloff