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Bust of a Man

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French, Paris 1704–1778 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1745–50
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Bust: pale gray terracotta, covered with a buff colored wash; socle: breccia violetta marble
Dimensions:
Height (bust): 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); Height (socle): 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.312.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
The traditional identification of the sitter as the Dauphin Louis, son of Louis XV, was ruled out after a comparison with his known painted portraits. He is now thought to represent an aristocrat at Louis XV's court. The fresh and masterful style of the modelling suggests a dating to the years of Lemoyne's maturity, about 1745–50
Duc de Noailles ; Giraud, Paris (1920s) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York, until 1975; sold to MMA ]
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