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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Design by Charles Percier (French, Paris 1764–1838 Paris)
Date: ca. 1809–19Accession Number: 26.168.77
David Roentgen (German, Herrnhag 1743–1807 Wiesbaden, master 1780)
Date: ca. 1776–79Accession Number: 41.82
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg
Date: 1755–60Accession Number: 65.47
Imperial Armory, Tula (south of Moscow), Russia
Date: ca. 1780–85Accession Number: 2002.115
pedestal and mounts by Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)
Date: early 19th century (lapidary work); 1819 (pedestal and mounts)Accession Number: 44.152a, b
After a painting by baron François Gérard (French, Rome 1770–1837 Paris)
Date: designed 1805, woven 1808–11Accession Number: 43.99
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Within The Florence Gould Galleries, this room contains masterpieces of sculpture and decorative arts from France, Italy, and Northern Europe that were conceived in reaction to the discoveries of archaeological sites such as Herculaneum and Pompeii in the second half of the eighteenth century. The passion for adapting forms from ancient Greek and Roman culture influenced the design of countless objects. While Italy remained the center of inspiration, magnificent examples were produced all over Europe, from Italy to Russia. Napoleon I's early nineteenth-century military campaigns throughout Europe helped spread the new French interpretation of the classical past—a leaner, more angular version that became known as the Empire style.
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