French Sculpture Census

photo credit : ph. courtesy Rochester Memorial Art Gallery
artist © : public domain

FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice
Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

Vénus instruisant l'Amour
The Teaching of Love

after 1763
soft-paste porcelain

statuette
12 1/2 x 9 3/8 x 10

Acc. No. : 55.108
Credit Line : Bertha Buswell Bequest, 55.108

Rochester, New York, The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

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Provenance

  • Buswell-Hochstetter Collection
  • 1955, Bertha Buswell Bequest

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 21 April 2010
  • 1955 Gallery Notes
    "The November Exhibitions: The Buswell-Hochstetter Collections" Memorial Art Gallery. Gallery Notes. v. 21 , no. 2 (November-December, 1955)
  • 1988 Brayer
    Elizabeth Brayer. Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988. Rochester, NY : Memorial Art Gallery , 1988 : p. 114-115
  • 1991 Gallery Notes
    "Collection Cameos will Showcase Rarely-Seen Treasures from the Collection" Memorial Art Gallery. Gallery Notes. (May-June 1991) : p. 5

Exhibition

  • 1955 Rochester
    The Buswell-Hochstetter Collections, Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery, November 11 - November 28, 1955

Comment



Museum's website, 15 January 2016:
Falconet, a leading sculptor of the reign of Louis XV, was a director of the royal ceramic works at Sèvres. His main production was the biscuit statuette, which substitutes "soft paste" for the kaolin clay of "true" porcelain. Falconet took advantage of the milky, marble-like surface to create engaging figural groups of pure form and refined rococo detail.
"The Teaching of Love" may be derived from a composition by François Boucher. Falconet has transformed the painter's design into a complex three-dimensional ensemble of delicate beauty that invites the viewer to enjoy it from multiple angles.
[Gallery label text, 2008]