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DAVID D'ANGERS, Pierre-Jean

Angers, Maine-et-Loire 1788 - Paris 1856

Alexandre de Humboldt (1769-1859)

Alexandre de Humboldt (1769-1859)

1831

bronze

medallion

Dimensions (HxWxD): diam. 6 116 in.

signed bottom center: DAVID
dated bottom center: 1831
inscribed on right: ALEXANDRE DE / HUMBOLDT
foundry stamp bottom left: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS

Acc. No.: 54.842

Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

© Artist:


Provenance

  • Baltimore, Henry Walters [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (accessed May 15, 2017)

Exhibitions

  • 1995 Baltimore
    The Allure of Bronze, Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1995

Comment

  • Museum's website (accessed May 15, 2017):
    This medallion of the great German naturalist, writer, and statesman exhibits D'Angers sensitivity in modeling and his views on facial types. A comparison of this medallion with that of Jean Pierre Boyer (Walters 54.844) is a reminder that we usually think of the color of bronze as simply an abstract choice, having nothing representational to add.