European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
ApolloMade in France, Europe
Terracotta model c. 1675; cast in bronze after 1715
François Girardon, French, 1628 - 1715
1976-39-1Purchased with the Fiske Kimball Fund and the Marie Kimball Fund, 1976
LabelGirardon created the terracotta model for this bronze for an undocumented project; it was most likely destined for the palace or gardens of Versailles. Such statuettes were presented for approval before full-scale plasters were executed in preparation for the final marble carving or bronze casting.
This bronze was cast after the artist's death, and only two examples of this piece are known today. One of the bronzes was recorded as in the collection of the elector of Bavaria, Germany, in the early 1730s.
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