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Friends and Demons: The Life and Work of Carpeaux

Ugolino and His Sons (detail)

James David Draper, Henry R. Kravis Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, MMA

Sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux transcended nineteenth-century trends--Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism--to attain new heights of heroism and new depths of personal involvement with his subjects. The son of a stonemason, he gained access to the court of Napoleon III, and his circle included the composer Gounod, the architect Garnier, and the novelist Dumas, fils. Carpeaux demanded and received admiration and loyalty from his friends and protectors. Met curator Jim Draper examines this multifaceted sculptor's difficult, tyrannical persona, and his ties to the titans of art who surrounded him.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, on view through May 26, 2014.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French 1827–1875), Ugolino and His Sons (detail), 1865-67. Saint-Béat marble. Overall (confirmed): H. 77 3/4 x W. 59 x D. 43 1/2 in. (197.5 x 149.9 x 110.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 1967 (67.250)


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