Charles-Antoine Bridan

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Vauban, Marshal of France by Charles-Antoine Bridan, Palace of Versailles, 1785

Charles-Antoine Bridan (July 31, 1730–April 28, 1805) was a French sculptor.

Bridan was born in Ravières, and initially studied under Jean-Joseph Vinache. He attended the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture where he won the Prix de Rome in 1754 for his work Massacre of the Innocents. His award allowed him to travel where he then attended school at the French Academy in Rome. He remained in Italy until 1762, and then returned to the Académie in Paris. He completed a marble sculpture The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew in 1772. In December 30, 1780 Bridan was appointed professor of sculpture. He trained his son Pierre-Charles Bridan who also became a sculptor.


  • Exhibition catalog Sculptors of The Louvre. French neo-classical sculptures. 1760 - 1830, Paris, Musée du Louvre, May 23 to September 3, 1990.
  • Stanislas Lami: Dictionary of sculptors of the French school in the eighteenth century. Volume 1