Bust of a Man

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger French

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

Bust of a Man, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French, Paris 1704–1778 Paris), Bust: pale gray terracotta, covered with a buff colored wash; socle: breccia violetta marble, French, Paris

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