Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne II (artist)|
French, 1704 - 1778
Jules-David Cromot, Baron du Bourg, c. 1757
overall: 79.7 x 48.3 x 41.9 cm (31 3/8 x 19 x 16 1/2 in.) gross weight: 285 lb. (129.275 kg)
Gift of Camille de Nucheze, direct descendant, and her husband, John Hadley Cox
Object 9 of 9
Sweeping drapery and a taut twist of the head create movement and energy in this portrait bust. The slightly parted lips, drilled pupils, and carefully detailed features—the lines etched around eyes and mouth—animate the personality of the subject, who was a counselor to Louis XV and whose son fought in the American War of Independence. Both painted and sculpted portraits of the period sought to capture more than a sitter's likeness, and Lemoyne has conveyed a sense of Cromot's strong character and lively intelligence. His voluminous robes are a convention from ancient sculpture and partly cover his informal modern dress.
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