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Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827 - 1875)
French, 19th century
After Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH ST JOHN

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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was profoundly influenced by the work of Michelangelo. When he visited Rome, he ceaselessly made sketches and studies of the Renaissance master's sculptures. The present terracotta is after Michelangelo's Medici Madonna and Child, in San Lorenzo, Florence. The sculptor has freely adapted the original composition, adding a second child to the right of the Virgin. Carpeaux's Virgin and Child with St John for the Church of Notre Dame du Saint-Cordon compares well to the present group (see Forneris and Ginépro, op. cit. no. 33). The rough modelling of the present group is characteristic of some of Carpeaux's work in terracotta and this sketchniess enlivens the present composition, evoking the boisterous energy of the two young boys.

A terracotta sketch after Michelangelo by Carpeaux was recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 2001.199) and, like the present terracotta, serves as a beautiful testament to one great sculptor's admiration of another.

RELATED LITERATURE
V. Beyer, A. Braunwald, L. Duclaux (eds.), Sur les traces de J. B. Carpeaux, exh. cat. Grand Palais, Paris, 1976; A. Middleton Wagner, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, New Haven/ London, 1985; J. Forneris & J. Ginépro, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1827-1875, exh. cat. Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, Summer 1980, no. 33; M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur. Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre édité, Paris, 2003, pp. 164-165, 183, nos. ES 12 and AN. EB 9

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