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MARQUESTE, Laurent-Honoré

Velleda

Velleda
Date : 1877 : date du plâtre d'origine
Designation : statue
Field : Sculpture
Material : Marbre
Technique : Taille directe
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 72 Hauteur : 140 Profondeur : 163
Location : Exhibited
Room : escalier Darcy
Inventory number : 2004 1 431

Laurent Marqueste (1848-1920), exhibited Velleda at the 1877 Salon. The character is drawn from Chateaubriand’s Martyrs (1809). The Germanic prophetess Velleda was betrayed by her own people after having roused part of Gaul against Rome, where she was to die in captivity. Very close to the text, this sculpture shows the period’s fascination with Celtic themes and more generally with national subject matter. Cupid in the Salon Rouge shows once again the artist’s loyalty to Antique statuary.

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