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Carved Relief

Object Details

Title:

Carved Relief

Artist/Maker:

Aubert-Henri-Joseph Parent (French, 1753 - 1835)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1791

Medium:

Limewood

Object Number:

84.SD.194

Dimensions:

58.7 × 39.7 × 5.7 cm (23 1/8 × 15 5/8 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

In response to the tumultuous political events of the French Revolution, Aubert Parent created this allegory of the French monarchy and the drafting of the new constitution by the National Assembly. On September 14, 1791, Louis XVI took an oath to support the new political regime. Parent's relief, carved from a single piece of limewood, links a medallion of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, symbolizing the French king, with a medallion of the Roman Senate, representing the National Assembly. The dead bird (the old regime) and the unguarded nest (France) symbolize the failure of the new constitution and the end of the monarchy.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Jacques Kugel, French, born Russia, 1912 - 1985 (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life (July 19, 2012 to January 22, 2013)
  • Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena), July 19, 2012 to January 22, 2013
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 183, no. 66, ill.

Streeter, Colin. "Two Carved Reliefs by Aubert Parent." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), pp. 53, 57-59, figs. 3a-b.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 75, no. 113.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 40, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 58, no. 112.

Leben, Ulrich. Object Design in the Age of Enlightenment: The History of the Royal Free Drawing School in Paris (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004), frontispiece (det.).