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Louis Nicolas Victor de Félix, Comte du Muy and Marshal of France (1711–1775)

Artist:
Jean Jacques Caffiéri (French, Paris 1725–1792 Paris)
Date:
1776
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Height: 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.193
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 549
The subject was given the Order of the Saint-Espirit in 1764 and made marshal of France and minister of war shortly before his death. His bust by Caffieri was shown posthumously at the Salon of 1777.
Signature: On left side of base: I.I. CAFFIERI. SCVLPSIT/ 1776

Inscription: On moulding of socle: LOUIS NICOLAS VICTOR /DE FELIX C.TE DUMUY/M.AL DE FRANCE VIRTUTIS VERAE CUSTOS, RIGIDUSQUE SATELLES / HORA (trans.: Keeper of true virtue and its inflexible guardian - Horace)

On base of socle: O NIMIUM LUGENDE BONIS, PATRIAEQUE TUISQUE, / NOS TUA VITA DOCET VIVERE, MORSQUE MORI / VIVERE SIVE MORI VIS DISCERE. CERNE MAGISTRUM / QUEM MIHI TRISTE FUIT SIC MEMINESSE MORI. (trans.: O never too much to be mourned by the good, and your country, and your friends, Your life teaches us how to live, your death how to die. Would one learn how to live or to die, let him study this master, whom to have seen die was a grief to me.)
Baron von Bourscheidt ; [ French and Co., New York , until 1928; sold to MMA ]
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