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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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Jean-Leon Gerome

aka: Jean-Léon Gérôme
borndied
1824, May 111904, Jan 10
a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits, and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painte...
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Giambologna

bornactivedied
15291553-16081608, Aug 13
a Flemish sculptor, celebrated for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style. He was also much influenced by Michelangelo, but developed his own Mannerist style, with perhaps less emphasis on emotion and more emphasis on refined sur...
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Grinling Gibbons

bornactivedied
1648, Apr 41667-1700s1721, Aug 3
a Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and other London churches, Petworth House and other country houses, Trinity College Oxford and Trinity College Cambridge.
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John Gibson

bornactivedied
1790, Jun 191817-18661866, Jan 27
a Welsh Neoclassical sculptor who studied in Rome, excelled chiefly in bas-relief, notably the two life-size works The Hours Leading the Horses of the Sun and Phaethon driving the Chariot of the Sun, but was also proficient in monumental and portrait statuary.
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Francois Girardon

aka: François
bornactivedied
16281652-16991715
a French sculptor. He was born at Troyes. Although chiefly occupied at Paris Girardon never forgot his native Troyes, the museum of which town contains some of his best works, including the marble busts of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa.
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Jean Goujon

bornactivedied
1510 ca1541-15621565 ca
a French Renaissance sculptor and architect. His most famous works are the sculptural decorations made in collaboration with Lescot for the western extension of the Louvre, 1555-62. A fine representative of Mannerism in France, Goujon's figures are elongated, sensual and fluid; his drapery work reveals knowledge of Greek sculpture, though certainly not at fi...
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Horatio Greenough

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1805, Sep 61817-18521852, Dec 18
an American sculptor best known for his United States government commissions The Rescue (1837–50) and George Washington (1840). Older brother of Richard Saltonstall Greenough. His sculptures reflected truth and reality, but also ancient classical aestheti...
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Richard Saltonstall Greenough

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1819, Apr 191836-18761904
an American sculptor and younger brother to Neoclassical sculptor Horatio Greenough. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1855. Today Greenough's best-known work is probably a statue of Benjamin Franklin standing in front o...
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Giuseppe Grisoni

aka: Grifon, Grison
bornactivedied
1699, Oct 241715-17691769
an Italian painter and sculptor, noted for his landscapes and historical tableaux. Born in Mons, he studied in Florence under Tommaso Redi, abandoning his Flemish influences for the Italian tradition. In 1715 he travelled to London with John Talman and tried to establish himself as a portrait painter. He did not achieve enough success to stay, however, and r...
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