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Female Faun and Child Clodion (Claude Michel) (workshop of)


Clodion (Claude Michel) (workshop of) Nancy, 1738 – Paris, 1814

Culture Italian
Date second half of the 18th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique terracotta

28 × 17 × 16 cm, 2 kg

Inventory number 1905
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Art 1700-1850, Gallery XXVIII

Clodion was the greatest master of small-scale terracotta sculpture in 18th-century France. Although he excelled in monumental sculpture too, it was in the genre of terracotta where his genius was most manifest. His pieces with antique mythological themes display a freshness of modelling, while embracing the charm and light elegance of the Rococo. Clodion’s terracotta works enjoyed great popularity already in the master’s lifetime. He executed compositions in several variants to satisfy his clients’ needs. Interest in his art gained new momentum in the mid-19th century. The ‘clodomania’ that emerged at the time inspired many to copy his works; thus, there is still uncertainty surrounding the dating and attribution of his statuettes.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 199., no. 278.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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