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Bust of Juliette Récamier (1777 - 1849)
Joseph Chinard (French, 1756 - 1813)
about 1801 - 1802
63.2 x 32.4 x 24.1 cm (24 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)
Coyly looking down, Madame Recamier holds a veil across her chest. The sheath both demurely conceals and reveals her breasts. Sculptor Joseph Chinard cleverly compensated for the artificiality of the
Juliette Recamier was celebrated in French Empire society for her beauty and love affairs. Married at fifteen to a wealthy lawyer who may have been her natural father, she had a loveless, unconsummated marriage and carried on numerous flagrant affairs, the most celebrated with the Prussian Prince