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Jean-Antoine Houdon - Sculptor


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri May 02 2003 - 11:01:09 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

I have saved another New York Times article for those who don't want to
subscribe. I saved all of the slides, too, and will forward at your request
(Might be interesting to tie this in with a career lesson - forensic art -
in addition to portraiture). Jean-Antoine Houdon Exhibit at the National

Portrait Sculptor - Jean-Antoine Houdon (French 1741-1828)

New York Times Article (you may have to subscribe to get the article)

Here is a "clip" from the article.

Truer to Life Than Life By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

WASHINGTON -- THE French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, whose retrospective
opens Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, said that the "sole merit" of
his portraits was "likeness" - his busts looked like their subjects.

They did. With Jeffersonian understatement, Thomas Jefferson praised
Houdon's bust of his friend John Paul Jones, the American Revolutionary
naval hero, as "an excellent likeness." (It is in the show, along with
Houdon's portraits of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and Lafayette.) In
1905, Jones's body was exhumed from a grave in Paris, to be moved to a crypt
at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. His remains were
identified by comparing measurements of the skull with Houdon's sculpture.
They matched perfectly.......