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Antoine Coysevox, (born Sept. 29, 1640, Lyon—died Oct. 10, 1720, Paris), French sculptor known for his decorative work at the palace of Versailles and for his portrait busts, which introduced a trend toward the sharpened depiction of individual character.

Of Spanish descent, Coysevox became a sculptor to King Louis XIV in 1666 and by 1679 was engaged at Versailles, enriching the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and the Ambassador’s staircase and carving the brilliant equestrian relief of the King (c. 1688) for the Salon de la Guerre. He also executed much decorative sculpture for the royal gardens, notably the equestrian “Renown” and “Mercury” (1700–02). Other important works are the tombs of the finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1685–87; Saint-Eustache, Paris) and Cardinal Mazarin (1689–93; Louvre) and the votive group of Louis XIV on the high altar of Notre-Dame. These, like his formal portrait busts, have a marked Baroque character. His more intimate portrait sculptures, however, such as that of the Duchesse de Bourgogne as Diana (1710; Louvre), omit the Italianate swagger of Bernini and the formality of the state portraits and anticipate the naturalism and grace of the Rococo style. His principal students, including his nephews Nicolas and Guillaume Coustou, perpetuated his influence, especially on the development of French portrait sculpture in the 18th century.

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Antoine Coysevox. Charles Le Brun
1676
Terracotta, height: 66 cm
Wallace Collection, London





Antoine Coysevox. Self-portrait (Louvre)






Antoine Coysevox. Equestrian Fame of Louis XIV, for Marly, 1702, removed to the Tuileries Garden, 1719






Antoine Coysevox. Mercury
1702
Marble
Gardens of the Tuileries, Paris






Antoine Coysevox. Louis XIV of France







Antoine Coysevox. Amphitrite







Antoine Coysevox. Amphitrite (detail)

 






Antoine Coysevox. Neptune, from Marly, 1699-1705 (Louvre)






Antoine Coysevox. Bust of Antoine Coypel
Marble, height 54 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris






Antoine Coysevox. Bust of the Grand Conde
1688
Bronze, height: 59 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris





Antoine Coysevox. King Louis XIV
1686
Marble, 89 x 80 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon






Antoine Coysevox. Louis XIV
c. 1686
Marble, height: 74 cm
Wallace Collection, London






Antoine Coysevox. Louis XIV
c. 1686
Bronze, height: 89 cm
Wallace Collection, London






Antoine Coysevox. Bust of Louis XV as a Child of Six
1716
Marble, height 59 cm
Private collection








Antoine Coysevox. Bust of Marie Serre
1706
Marble
Musee du Louvre, Paris







Antoine Coysevox. Funeral Monument of Mazarin
1692
Marble and bronze
Musee du Louvre, Paris







Antoine Coysevox. Funeral Monument of Mazarin (detail)
1692
Bronze
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Antoine Coysevox. Funeral Monument of Mazarin (detail)
1692
Bronze
Musee du Louvre, Paris





Antoine Coysevox. Robert de Cotte
1707
Marble
Bibliotheque Ste Genevieve, Paris






Antoine Coysevox. The Duchesse de Bourgogne as Diana
1710
Marble
Musee du Chateau, Versailles






Antoine Coysevox. Tomb of Colbert
1685-87
Marble
Saint-Eustache, Paris

 
 
 

 
 
 
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