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COUSTOU the Elder, Guillaume I

Lyon, Rhône 1677 - Paris 1746

Marie Leszczynska, reine de France, en Junon

Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France, as the goddess Juno

1730-1750

bronze

group

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 20 152 in.

signed on front left corner: Coustou

Acc. No.: 1963.81

Credit Line: Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell

Photo credit: Phoenix Art Museum

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Provenance

  • London, Mallett at Bourdon House Ltd.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell
  • 1963, Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 2 June 2015

Comment

  • Museum label, September 2011:
    Marie Leszczynska (1703-1768) was the longest-serving queen consort of France. Here, Coustou represents her as the ancient Roman goddess Juno. As the goddess of marriage, Juno - spouse of Jupiter, king of the gods - was connected to all aspects of women's lives.
    Daughter of Poland's exiled King Stanislaw, Leszczynska spent her early life in Sweden and France. In 1725, she married the then 15-year-old Louis XV. Over the next 12 years they had 10 children, including Madame Adélaïde and Madame Victoire, whose portraits also hang in this gallery. In the round portrait-within-a-portrait of Madame Adélaïde, Leszczynska is the middle figure.