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    Sale 11899

    Sculpture

    13 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 113

    A TERRACOTTA BUST OF MILO OF CROTON

    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE PUGET (1620-1694), LATE 17TH CENTURY

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    A TERRACOTTA BUST OF MILO OF CROTON
    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE PUGET (1620-1694), LATE 17TH CENTURY
    15 in. (38.1 cm.) high; 17. 3/4 in. (45.1 cm.) wide


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    This breathtaking and vibrant model of Milo de Croton perfectly captures the spirit of the tortured hero, while the media, most certainly molded directly by the great artist's hand allows for a certain sense of both freshness and intimacy that closes the gap between the seventeenth century, when the sculpture was realized, and the now.
    Pierre Puget was one of the greatest artists of 17th century France, working as a sculptor, painter and architect. Having trained in Italy, he was unusual among his peers in that he worked almost exclusively away from the French court, mainly in Marseilles, the town of his birth, and Toulon. In 1670 he obtained a commission for his two most famous works: Perseus and Andromeda (1675-1684) and Milo of Crotona (1672-1683), for which the present lot is a model. Both were initially placed by Louis XIV in the honored entrance of the Green Carpet at Versailles.
    Now housed in the Louvre, the full marble model of Milon de Crotone depicts Milo, a Greek athlete and winner of several of the Olympic and Pythian games. In his old age, he wished to test his strength by splitting a tree trunk that he found already cleft. However his hand got caught in the stump where he was ultimately left to be devoured by wolves.

    Provenance

    M. Adams-Acton (1886-1971), circa 1925.
    Private Collection, London.


    Saleroom Notice

    The catalogue should read “AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE PUGET (1620-1694), LATE 17TH CENTURY”


    Literature

    Literature
    H. Furst, "Seventeenth century art at Burlington House", Apollo, XXVII, 1938, p. 119.
    K. Herding, Pierre Puget: das bildnerische Werke, Berlin, 1970, fig. 195 and p. 201.
    F. Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th Centuries: The Reign of Louis XIV, 1977, Vol. 3, no. 200, pp. 196-197.
    K. Herding, Pierre Puget: architecte, sculpteur, peintre et dessinateur sous Louis XIV, avec un catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2017 (forthcoming), no. SC 23, copies partielles no. 11.