French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : ph. courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art
© artiste : public domain

HOUDON, Jean-Antoine
Versailles, Yvelines 1741 - Paris 1828

Madame de Sérilly
Madame de Sérilly


87,63 x 60,96 x 33,66
signé et daté sur le bas de la base : HOUDON F. 1780

N° d'inv. : 75.30
Credit Line : Gift of Mrs. John Barry Ryan

Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minneapolis Institute of Art


  • New York, Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851-1928)
  • 1975, don de Mrs. John Barry Ryan (épouse d'un descendant de Thomas Fortune Ryan)


  • Museum's website, 29 November 2011
  • 1956 Hill
    Ann Hill, "The Boudoir of Madame de Sérilly," Apollo 64, 377, 1956, pp. 8–11
  • 1964 Réau
    Louis Réau, Houdon: sa vie et son oeuvre 2, Paris, 1964, no. 174

Oeuvres en rapport

Autre exemplaire en marbre, signé et daté 1780, à l'Art Institute de Chicago, 1996.79.
Autre exemplaire en marbre, signé et daté 1782, à la Wallace Collection de Londres, S26.


Museum's website, 29 November 2011:
Madame de Sérilly served as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Marie-Antoinette, a prestigious position in the court of Louis XVI. This portrait bust, dated 1780, was probably commissioned from Houdon to celebrate the occasion of the marriage of Anne-Marie-Louise de Pange de Domangeville to Antoine-Jean-François de Sérilly in 1779. Madame de Sérilly was about seventeen when the bust was made. Her husband was executed in 1794 during the French Revolution due to his support of the royal family. She remained imprisoned throughout the Revolution.
Houdon was the foremost French sculptor of portrait busts during the second half of the eighteenth century, depicting both royal subjects as well as artists, musicians and writers. In 1785 he traveled to the United States, where he sculpted busts of George Washington and other American political dignitaries.