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Pierre Puget


Pierre Puget

(b Marseille, 16 Oct 1620; d Marseille, 2 Dec 1694).

French sculptor, painter, draughtsman and architect. Puget was one of the outstanding artists of his century, but his style, formed by the Italian Baroque, did not however always find favour in the classicizing atmosphere of the French court, where Jean-Baptiste Colbert would describe him in 1670 as ‘a man who goes a little too fast, and whose imagination is a little too heated’. Although the son of a master mason, Simon Puget (d 1623), Puget was largely self-taught, as were his brother Gaspard Puget (1615–after 1683), an architect, and his son François Puget (1651–1707), a painter. Apprenticed in 1634 to a wood-carver, Jean Roman, in Marseille, he left in 1638 for Italy, spending some years in Florence and Rome close to Pietro da Cortona, presumably as a stuccoist and painter, although his part in the decoration of the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Cortona’s main project of these years, is not clear. From 1643 he practised sculpture and painting at the Toulon Arsenal, France’s largest naval shipyard, where he was appointed to the wood-carving workshop: around 1645, for instance, he designed and supervised the decoration of the ship Le Magnifique (in 1646 renamed La Reine; destr.). According to some sources, in 1646 he made a second journey to Italy, in the company of a Brother Joseph of the Feuillants Orders who was supposed to copy antiquities in Rome. By the following year he was back in Toulon, where he married Paule Boulet.



Oil on canvas, 47 x 38 cm
Musee Granet, Aix-en-Provence



Self-portrait in Old Age

Oil on canvas, 75 x 61 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm
Private collection, Nimes


St Peter Holding the Key of the Paradise

Oil on canvas, 183 x 87 cm
Parish Church, Grandcamp


The Sacrifice of Noah

Oil on canvas, 92 x 62,5 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille


The Visitation

Oil on canvas, 252,5 x 173,5 cm
Musee Granet, Aix-en-Provence


The Holy Family at the Palm-tree

Oil on canvas, 210 x 140 cm
Private collection, Aix-en-Provence


Virgin Giving the Scapular to St Simon Stock

Oil on canvas, 78,5 x 53,5 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille


The Education of Achilles by Chiron

c. 1690
Oil on canvas
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille


Christ Dying on the Cross

Terracotta, 85,8 x 49,3 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Assumption of the Virgin

Staatliche Museen, Berlin


The Meeting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes

Musee du Louvre, Paris


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