Baroque and Rococo

 

Baroque and Rococo Art Map




 


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.




 


Self-portrait

Marble
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

 


Homer

c. 1693
Marble, height: 46,5 cm
Academy of Sciences, Lyon


 


Philosopher

1662
Marble, height: 39,4 cm
Museum of Art, Cleveland


 


Bust of Marcus Aurelius

before 1689
Marble, height: 64,5 cm
Museo di Sant'Agostino, Genoa
 

 


Bust of Young August

before 1689
Marble, height: 64,5 cm
Museo di Sant'Agostino, Genoa


 


Salvator Mundi

Marble, height: 46 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille


 


Hercules Standing

c. 1660
Terracotta
Staatliche Museen, Berlin


 

Hercules at Rest

1661
Marble, height: 160 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

The Faun

Marble, height: 157 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille


 

Immaculate Conception

c. 1665
Marble
Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, Genoa


 

Milon de Crotone

1682
Marble, height 269 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

Alessandro Sauli

c. 1666
Terracotta, 66 x 22 cm
Private collection


 

Virgin of the Immaculate Conception

1666-70
Marble, height 245 cm
Chiesa della SS. Concezione, Genoa


 

Virgin and Child

1682
Marble, height: 140 cm
Museo di Sant'Agostino, Genoa


 

The Rape of Helen of Troy

1683-86
Bronze, height: 97,2 cm
Institute of Arts, Detroit
 
 

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