George Frederick Handel (Roubiliac)

George Frederick Handel (Roubiliac)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. This sculpture of composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) is by Louis-Fran ois Roubiliac (1702-1762). It was commissioned by the impresario Jonathan Tyers for his famous pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. Handel is shown in the guise of Orpheus, holding a lyre. Despite the classical allusion, he wears informal contemporary dress: a soft cap, a long shirt open at the neck, a full loose gown, and slippers, one of which lies beneath his right foot. His post is also casual. He is seated cross-legged, leaning on a pile of bound scores of his works, including Alexander's Feast which was completed the same month the statues was finished. The statue is unprecedented, for not only was the sitter portrayed with startling informality, but it was the first life-size marble depicting a living artist. Until this date such public statues were erected only for monarchs, noblemen or military leaders.show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 127g
  • Duc
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136525453
  • 9786136525457