Guillaume Coustou the Elder (French, Lyons 1677–1746 Paris)
sheet: 16 15/16 x 13 3/4 in. (43 x 35 cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2006
Not on view
This study is related to the Chevaux de Marly (Horses of Marly), one of the most famous large-scale marble sculptures of the period, commissioned by the king in 1739. The statues were moved inside the Louvre in 1985 and replaced with the cement copies that now flank the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Surviving correspondence between French officials details how two drawings by Coustou with profiles of the blocks were sent to Rome in 1740 to aid in the purchase of appropriate pieces of Carrara marble. This sheet, more of a diagram than a premire pensée, may have been one of those drawings.
Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 2013–May 20, 2013.
Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)Date: 1658Medium: Pen and brown ink; brown wash over black chalk; heightened with whiteAccession: 1997.156On view in:Gallery 690