Cupid Carving a Bow from Hercule's Club (detail), 1750, Edme Bouchardon, marble. Musée du Louvre, Département des Sculptures, Paris. Image © Musée du Louvre / Hervé Lewandowski

Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment


The Getty Center

One of the most imaginative and fascinating artists of eighteenth-century France, Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762) was instrumental in the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism. Much celebrated in his time as both a sculptor and draftsman, he created some of the best-known images of the age of Louis XV. This major international loan exhibition, developed in partnership with the Louvre, is a testament to the remarkable variety of his oeuvre—copies after the antique, subjects of history and mythology, portraiture, anatomical studies, ornament, fountains, and tombs—and to his masterful techniques in drawings, sculptures, medals, and prints.

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