Workshop plaster representing the three Graces after Germain Pilon

The Three Graces after Germain Pilon

In 1561, Catherine de Medici commissioned Germain Pilon to create an element of the funerary monument which was to be used to house the heart of her late husband, King Henry II. This monument was erected in the church of the Parisian convent of the Célestins.

The three graces seem to dance slowly with harmony in a circle, which represents the fidelity between the two spouses. On their heads was a bronze urn that was to hold the hearts of the king and queen to represent the union of their love forever. During the revolution this urn was destroyed, and replaced by a wooden vase under the restoration.

Germain Pilon was one of the greatest sculptors and medalist of his time specializing in funerary sculpture, he was very popular with royalty and the aristocracy.

This sculpture was taken up by Wallace in 1872 for a fountain in Paris.

Lacks and accidents
19th century
​​​​​​​France

Dimension :

Height: 24,80 inch (63cm)
Width: 9,84 inch (25cm)
Depth:14,17 inch (36cm)

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