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If you had the ability and years of training to take a block of wood or stone and turn it into a sublime piece of art, you too could have been employed by the church, the royal court or by a monied patron. Talented sculptors were usually in high demand and one could count on regular and continuing employment if one had the skill and techniques required. Here are many who did.
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Diego de Pesquera

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15401560s-15811581
a 16th-century Spanish sculptor of the Sevillian and Granadan schools. Records show he was active in the city of Granada in 1563, and in Seville from 1571 to 1580. With a style influenced by the Italian Renaissance and that of Michelangelo, he may have trained in Italy.
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Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

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1714, Jan 261740s-17851785, Aug 20
a French sculptor. Pigalle was born in Paris, the seventh child of a carpenter. Although he failed to obtain the Prix de Rome, after a severe struggle he entered the Académie Royale and became one of the most popular sculptors of his day.
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Germain Pilon

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1525 ca1540s-15901590, Feb 3
a French Renaissance sculptor. His works - with their realism and theatrical emotion - show the influence of the School of Fontainebleau, Michelangelo and Italian Mannerism. Much of Pilon's work was on funerary monuments, especially the Valois Chapel at the Saint Denis Basilica designed by Francesco Primaticcio (never completed). He was the favorite sculptor...
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Pieter Pourbus

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1523 ca1584, Jan 30
a Dutch Flemish Renaissance painter, sculptor, draftsman and cartographer. Though he painted many good works in Bruges, his best work was in the Sint Janskerk in Gouda, the History of Saint Hubertus. He was later eclipsed by his own son, Frans Pourbus the Elder. Besides painting, he was also a surveyor and engineer. He was known primarily for his religious a...
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Hiram Powers

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1805, Jul 291822-18731873, Jun 27
an American neoclassical sculptor. In 1837 he moved to Italy and settled on the Via Fornace in Florence, where he had access to good supplies of marble and to traditions of stone-cutting and bronze casting. He remained in Florence till his death, though he did travel to Britain during this time.
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James Pradier

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1790, May 231807-18521852, Jun 4
a Swiss-born French sculptor best known for his work in the neoclassical style. The cool neoclassical surface finish of his sculptures is charged with an eroticism that their mythological themes can barely disguise. At the Salon of 1834, Pradier's Satyr and Bacchante created a scandalous sensation. Some claimed to recognize the features of the sculptor and h...
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Antoine-Augustin Preault

aka: Auguste Préault
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1809, Oct 61830s-1870s1879, Jan 11
a French sculptor of the Romantic movement. A student of David d'Angers, Préault first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1833. He was not favorably looked upon by some of the artistic community's elite due to his outspokenness and because he was part of the circle of activists who participated in the French Revolution of 1830. During that period of turmoil, P...
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Barthelemy Prieur

aka: Barthélemy
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1536 ca1564-1600s1616
a French sculptor. In 1585 he created the monument to Christophe de Thou, now preserved in the Louvre Museum, and was named sculptor to king Henry IV in 1591. He restored the Roman marble now called the Diana of Versailles in 1602. Several of his bronzes are pres...
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Francesco Primaticcio

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1504, Apr 301530s-1570s1570
an Italian Mannerist painter, architect and sculptor who spent most of his career in France. Together with Rosso Fiorentino he was one of the leading artists to work at the Chateau Fontainebleau (where he is grouped with the so-called "First School of Fontainebleau") spending much of his life there. Primaticcio's crowded Mannerist compositions and his long-l...
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Jacques Prou

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16551681-17041706
a French Academic Baroque sculptor, a product of the Academy system overseen by Charles Le Brun. At Versailles he became closely associated in projects for fountains and emblemmatic decorative sculpture with Antoine Coysevox. For Versailles he carved a vase on the theme The Infant Mars, following a design from the office of Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
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Pierre Paul Puget

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1620, Oct 161634-16881694, Dec 2
a French painter, sculptor, architect and engineer. He was born in Marseille. At the age of fourteen he carved the ornaments of the galleys built in the shipyards of his native city, and at sixteen the decoration and construction of a ship were entrusted to him. Soon after he went to Italy on foot, and was well received at Rome by Pietro da Cortona, who took...
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