Lot n° 62
9000 - 12000
Louis-Jules-Julien FRANCESCHI (1825-1893) - Andromeda, 1857 - Bronze with brown and golden patina - Signed - Cast around 1870 - 62,5 x 23 x 23,5 - Similar model exhibited at the 1857 salon
Note: In mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus. Her beauty was such that the sea nymphs were jealous and asked Poseidon, their father, to get rid of her. He sent a monster, Cetus, whose anger could only be appeased by offering Andromeda as a sacrifice.
Julien Franceschi (1825-1893), depicting the mythological figure of Andromeda. Dated 1870, a similar model was exhibited at the 1857 Salon. Andromeda is depicted here at an iconic moment in her history, when she is offered as a sacrifice to the monster Cetus, at the behest of Poseidon whose daughters were jealous of Andromeda's beauty. Franceschi modeled this beauty with a masterful hand, not surprisingly since many of his works are preserved in the Louvre Palace or adorn the Garnier Opera and the Luxembourg Gardens, among others.
Born into a family of Italian origin, Jules Franceschi was a student of François Rude. He made his debut at the 1848 Salon. We owe him many achievements, especially in Paris where he made The Thought on the facade of the Opera Garnier, The Painting in the Luxembourg garden, or the tomb of Miecislas Kamieński at the Montmartre cemetery. We also owe him some sculptures in the Louvre Palace: Mars in the Square Court, History on the Flore Wing, Science in the States Pavilion or the pediment of the Flore Pavilion.
Two of his statues, Antoine-François Fourcroy and Marie-Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin, adorn the facades of the Paris City Hall.
He also executed busts of many of his contemporaries, including Jacques Offenbach (funerary monument in Paris at the Montmartre cemetery), Émile Augier, Eugène Delacroix, Charles Gounod and Victor Massé.
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