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Study for a Louvre Pediment
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Study for a Louvre Pediment

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Description In 1857, Barye designed a pediment for the western façade of the Sully Pavilion of the Louvre. His subject was Napoleon I Dominating History and the Fine Arts. He experimented using various motifs; in this drawing he shows the emperor enthroned holding a lyre. Rays emanating from his head associate him with the god Apollo. Napoleon is flanked by seated and reclining females. In the final design, the bust of Napoleon wearing a laurel crown was placed in the center flanked by female figures symbolizing History and the Fine Arts.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; other
  • Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008.
Provenance Mme Vildieu-Barye; Fabius Frères, Paris; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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ca. 1857
graphite on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
10 7/8 x 14 3/4 in. (27.6 x 37.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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