French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
© artiste : public domain

PRIEUR, Barthélémy
Berzieux, Marne 1536 - Paris 1611

Femme se baignant
Woman Bathing

vers 1595-1610

H. 19,4

N° d'inv. : 54.718
Credit Line : Acquired by Henry Walters

Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Museum


  • Paris, Jacques Seligmann [date et mode d'acquisition inconnus]
  • Baltimore, Henry Walters [date et mode d'acquisition inconnus]
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, par legs


  • Museum's website, 6 December 2011


  • 1963-1965 Fort Wayne/Oberlin
    The Mannerists, Fort Wayne, IN, Fort Wayne Art Museum; Oberlin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1963-1965
  • 1995 Baltimore
    The Allure of Bronze, Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1995


Museum's website, 6 December 2011:
In antiquity, sculptors often depicted Venus bathing or doing her hair. During the Renaissance, a bathing woman (not always Venus) was again a popular subject for small bronzes. It offered the male collector the voyeuristic pleasure of gazing at an unclothed woman who is unaware of being observed. Giambologna created famous small bronzes of this type with gracefully elongated bodies. Barthelemy Prieur, the sophisticated "Sculptor to the King" to Henry IV of France, was influenced by them but created statuettes in a more intimate format, depicting different moments of a woman's personal toilette in naturalistic poses. Conceived for the private enjoyment of the collector, they invite one's touch with their smooth curving backs. Groupings of these figures in 17th-century inventories suggest they were collected in "sets."