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Charles-Antoine Coysevox

A distinguished French sculptor, b. at Lyons, 29 Sept., 1640; d. at Paris, 10 Oct., 1720; he belonged to a family originally from Spain. At the age of seventeen he executed a much admired Madonna. In 1671 he was employed by Louis XIV on various sculptures at Versailles and at Marly. He was elected a member of the Academy in 1676, and had among his pupils his two nephews, Nicolas and Guillaume Coustou. Coysevox made two bronze statues of Louis XIV, the "Charlemagne" at Saint-Louis des Invalides, and other famous works, but his most famous is probably "La Renommée" at the entrance of the Tuileries — two winged horses bearing Mercury and Fame. Napoleon is said to have delighted in the sculptor's fancy that the horse of Mercury should have a bridle, but not that of Fame. Coysevox also produced some fine sepulchral monuments for the churches of Paris. We owe him a special debt for his contemporary portraits.

Sources

LÜBKE, History of Sculpture, tr. BENNETT (London, 1878); DILKE, French Architects and Sculptors of the XVIII Century (London, 1900).

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APA citation. Handley, M.L. (1908). Charles-Antoine Coysevox. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04463c.htm

MLA citation. Handley, Marie Louise. "Charles-Antoine Coysevox." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04463c.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Anthony Stokes.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. Remy Lafort, Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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