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Large French Bronze Sculpture of David and Goliath by Antonin Mercié 42" High

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Fine French orientalist bronze statue of David after the battle with Goliath by Antonin Mercie. This subject received the Medal of Honour when it was shown at the Paris Salon des Beaux Arts. Late 19th century. 42" high. Please, contact us for shipping options. Presented by Joseph Dasta Antiques Antonin Mercie(1845-1916) Mercié entered the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and studied under Alexandre Falguière and François Jouffroy, and in 1868 gained the Grand Prix de Rome at the age of 23. His first great popular successes were the David and Gloria Victis, which was shown and received the Medal of Honour of the Paris Salon. The bronze was subsequently placed in the Square Montholon.[2] The bronze David was one of his most popular works. The Biblical hero is depicted naked with the head of Goliath at his feet like Donatello's David, but with a turbanned head and sheathing his long sword. Numerous reproductions exist, most of which incorporate a loincloth that covers David's genitalia but not his buttocks. The lifesize original is now in the Musée d'Orsay. Mercié was appointed Professor of Drawing and Sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts, and was elected a member of the Académie française in 1891, after being awarded the biennial prize of the Institute of 800 in 1887.[2] He was subsequently elected to grand officier of the Légion d'honneur, and in 1913 became the president of the Société des artistes français. Marie-Antoinette Demagnez was among his many students at the École des Beaux-Arts.[3][4] He died in Paris on December 12, 1916.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in (106.68 cm)Width: 21 in (53.34 cm)Depth: 20 in (50.8 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Metal,Patinated
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Rochester, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: naked male man nude 584007 1stDibs: LU1585229228942

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