Enormous Foot of Louis XIV, Part II


We took Madame NiceWork to the Cast in Bronze show at The Getty Museum of Art. While she orbited the freestanding items and buzzed by the ones pressed against the wall, Mlle NiceWork and I sketched some of our Baroque favorites.

I undertook a study of a bust of Louis II de Bourbon, known to friends as “Le Grand Condé” because of his big condé. The bronze was cast in 1688 by Antoine Coysevox (pronounced “faugh faugh faugh”). The shoulder pad of his armor is a lion’s head.

I also drew the left foot of King Louis XIV (photo two posts prior), just because.

I considered doing a drawing of a really striking statue of an almost-nude girl wearing only a shawl over her head and shoulders, her hands tightly clutching her upper arms and legs pressed together in an attempt to stay warm. The bronze, by Houdon, is titled — I kid you not — “Shivering Girl.” (La Frileuse). I was too tired to draw anymore, though, and so I left the poor kid, teeth chattering, on her pedestal.

For another post about gallery sketching try THIS ONE.

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