Gilles Guérin

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Bust of Anne of Austria, Queen of France by Gilles Guérin (1635-1640), Royal Castle in Warsaw

Gilles Guérin (1611–1678) was a French sculptor of the second rank, providing tomb sculptures and decorative sculptures in interiors, in the Baroque idiom. He was born and died in Paris.

Notable works[edit]

  • Chimney pieces and the bas-reliefs of the Four Elements in the Vestibule at the Château de Maisons.
  • Decorative sculpture at the Château de Guermantes.
  • Ceiling and bed alcove sculpture, to designs of Louis Le Vau for the bedroom for Louis XIV in the Pavillon du Roi, Palais du Louvre. Reerected in the gallery housing Egyptian New Kingdom works of art. [1]
  • Reclining figure (gisant) of Henry II de Bourbon, prince de Condé, the father of the Grand Condé, for his tomb in the church of Vallery (Yonne), 1646-51. A one-third scale terracotta model for the finished marble, pointed preparatory to being scaled up, is conserved in the Musée du Louvre.
  • Kneeling figures for the tomb of the duc Charles de La Vieuville (died 1653) and Marie Bouhier (died 1663). Contract dated 1658; dismantled at the Revolution; preserved in the Musée du Louvre
Louis XIV Crushes the Fronde

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Bourbon-Condé had been prominent opponents of the king during the aristocratic rebellion called the Fronde and may have preferred a less public exhibition of the yoked figure beneath the king's heel.

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