Gasparo Luigi Pacifico Spontini

Maker and role
Artist: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers, French, 1788-1856
Year
1830

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Media/materials
Bronze
Measurements
diameter, 5 1/2in (14cm)
Credit line
Gift of David and Constance Yates in honor of the 60th anniversary of the McNay Art Museum
Accession number
2014.12
Object type
Location
Further information
Pierre-Jean David d'Angers revived portrait sculpture during the Romantic period by drawing on the classical tradition of busts and medallions. In his medallions, the artist emphasized the brainpower of his subjects by their high foreheads and dramatically tousled "genius" hair. He created a pantheon of more than 500 portraits of leaders of the Romantic era in France in the medallion format.
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