Bust of a young woman

Artist:
Jean-Pierre Dantan the Younger (French, Paris 1800–1869 Baden-Baden)
Date:
1836
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Height (with socle): 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Hall, in memory of W. R. Valentiner, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.630.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
Dantan mixed Neoclassical training with interests in caricature, phrenology, and fashionable society. Today he is best known as a caricaturist, although straightforward portraits comprise at least half his output. Occasionally they may have a mischievous undertone, but this young woman has an appreciable semblance of wit and sparkle even as she flaunts the latest hairstyle dubbed "à la Hortense Mancini". The plaster model for it is not among the trove of those by Dantan in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.
Signature: Engraved on socle below left shoulder: Dantan Jne 1836
Michael Hall (until 2000; to MMA)