BARRIAS, Louis-Ernest

Paris 1841 - Paris 1905

Maker: Susse

La Renommée


c. 1889

bronze with partial gilding


Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 28 316 in.

on the right side of the globe: E. Barrias
on the back of the globe: H / SUSSE.FRERES.PARIS

Acc. No.: 1973.86

Credit Line: Gift of Dorothy Johnston Towne (Class of 1923) in memory of her parents

Photo credit: Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College 2010

© Artist : public domain


  • New York, Michael Hall Fine Arts
  • 1973, Gift of Dorothy Johnston Towne (Class of 1923) in memory of her parents


  • Museum's website, January 20, 2013
  • 1990 Neiswander
    Judith A. Neiswander, "French Nineteenth-Century Bronzes in the Collection of the Wellesley College Museum of Art", not published

Related works

  • Ivory and silvery metal, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


  • Museum's label text, 2011:
    La Renommée was originally conceived by Barrias in 1878 and later edited by Susse Freres in 1889. Barrias was noted for his experiments with different patinations and often combined two or more materials to make each edition unique. The Wellesley Figure which stands 28 1/2 high, is an excellent example of Barrias' Combine Material technique. The main figure is copper colored bronze. She is gracefully perched on a gilt bronze globe, and holds in her uplifted hands a gilt trumpet and wreath, both symbols of fame. The mannered pose and proportion of the figure as well as its elegantly flowing drapery are related to many artistic traditions, and are particularly reminiscent of early Giovanni da Bologna.