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After a model by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
French, 19th century
MOSES
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After a model by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
French, 19th century
MOSES
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After a model by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
French, 19th century
MOSES
inscribed: F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR., inscribed: A M. P HILAIRE / DIRECTEUR DE L'ÉCOLE NORMALE DE DOUAI / HOMMAGE DE RECONNAISSANCE and further inscribed and dated: L'ASSOCATION DES ANCIENS ÉLÈVES / ET DES INSTITUTEURS DU NORD / INAUGURATION DE LA NOUVELLE ÉCOLE NORMALE / 1877
bronze, green brown patina
111cm., 43 3/4 in. 
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Catalogue Note

The Maison Barbedienne was at the forefront of bronze sculpture in France during the 19th and first half of the 20th century. The foundry initially produced bronze reductions of antique sculptures, and began producing works modelled by living artists in 1843. From this point onward, Barbedienne held contracts with the most prominent sculptors in France, including Antoine-Louis Barye, Amntonin Mercié and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and later Auguste Rodin and Emmanuel Fremiet. 

The present figure is a fine bronze reduction of Michelangelo's monumental marble sculpture of Moses, made for the tomb of Pope Julius II, circa 1513-15 (San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome). See another bronze version of Moses after Michelangelo, sold at Sotheby's New York, 1 February 2013, lot 404.

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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