Sculptures 19th century - early 20th century


MERCIE, Marius-Jean-Antonin

David Vanquishing Goliath

David Vanquishing Goliath
Date : 1870 : date du plâtre d'origine
Designation : statue
Field : Sculpture
Material : Bronze
Technique : Fonte
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 68 Hauteur : 197 Profondeur : 93
Location : Exhibited
Room : escalier Darcy
Inventory number : D 2005 1

Antonin Mercié (1845-1916) worked on the biblical theme of David Vanquishing Goliath and gave his character, concentrating on the task at hand, the juvenile, ambiguous grace of the figures of adolescents from the Florentine Renaissance. He responded actively to commissions from the Third Republic for public monuments to the glory of the homeland and of its great men. Such was the context of his Gloria Victis at the Salon of 1874 or of his Quand Même (‘even so’), a model for a group erected in Belfort in 1884, in memory of the town’s heroic resistance to the Prussian invader during the siege of 1870.

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