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Charles VII, the Victorious
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Charles VII, the Victorious


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Description After French forces led by Joan of Arc lifted the siege of Orléans in 1429, Charles (1403-61) was crowned king of France in Reims Cathedral. Although he failed to prevent Joan of Arc from being burnt at the stake, Charles VII succeeded in expelling the English occupiers from Normandy after the Battle of Formigny in 1450 and from Guyenne the following year, thereby establishing the boundaries of France. Charles appears as a youth mounted on a small horse and wearing armor and a laurel wreath symbolizing victory. The statuette is mounted on a gilt-bronze socle, or base, decorated with Gothic interlace designs.
Exhibitions
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • An Exhibition of the Treasures of The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York. 1967.
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • 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 William T. Walters, Baltimore, June 27, 1866, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Number] Painted inside in white: W 99.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1866

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Period
proposed for original model 1836-40
Medium
bronze with a warm red over green patina over socle in gilt bronze on red marble base
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.164
Measurements
20 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (52.71 x 34.61 x 20 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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