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Exhibition French Bronzes - From the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment

from October 24, 2008 to January 19, 2009

Highly appreciated by French sculptors from the 16th century onwards, bronze featured prominently down through the history of French sculpture: in portraits, tomb decoration, statuettes for connoisseurs, royal and public monuments, garden statuary, scale models…

Major artists working between the 16th and 18th century – Primaticcio, Goujon, Pilon, Prieur, Lorrain, Anguier, Girardon, Puget, Pigalle, Houdon – appear in this tribute to French bronzes, much lesser known than their Italian or German counterparts.

With the support of Louis Vuitton

This catalogue has benefited from the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill and of the Crescent Trust (UK), as well as from the support of COFITEM - COFIMUR et la Foncière des 6e et 7e arrondissements de Paris.

Organized by: Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Guilhem Scherf, département des Sculptures, musée du Louvre.

Practical information


Richelieu Wing.

Open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission fees
€9 ; €6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.