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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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Edwin Henry Landseer

borndied
18021873
an English painter, well known for his paintings of animals—particularly horses, dogs and stags. However, his best known works are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square.
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Pierre Le Gros the Elder

borndied
16291714
a French sculptor whose output was largely absorbed by the decoration of the château and the gardens of Versailles, often working to designs provided by Charles Le Brun (like for L'Eau (the Water)) and collaborating with other sculptors of the Bâtiments du Roi. His son, Pierre Le Gros the Younger worked almost entirely in Rome.
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Pierre Le Gros the Younger

aka: Legros
borndied
16661719
a French sculptor, active almost exclusively in Baroque Rome. Nowadays, his name is commonly written Legros, while he himself always signed as Le Gros; he is frequently referred to either as 'the Younger' or 'Pierre II' to distinguish him from his father, Pierre Le Gros the Elder, who was also a sculptor. The "ardent drama" of his work and its Italian locati...
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Frederic Leighton

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18301896
an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with his death. Leighton remained a bachelor and rumours of his having an illegitimate child with one of his models in addition to the supposition...
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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne [2]

borndied
17041778
a French sculptor and among the greatest French portraitists. Lemoyne's more important works have for the most part been destroyed or have disappeared. In his portrait busts we have a remarkable series of important portraits, of which those of women are perhaps the best.
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Leonardo da Vinci

bornactivedied
1452, Apr 151466-15191519, May 2
an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest pain...
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Leone Leoni [1]

aka: Pompeo Leoni
borndied
15091590
an Italian sculptor of international outlook who travelled in Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Leoni is regarded as the finest of the Cinquecento medallists. He made his reputation in commissions he received from the Habsburg monarchs. His usual medium was bronze, although he also worked in marble and alabaster, carved gemstones an...
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Pompeo Leoni

borndied
15331608, Oct 13
Italian late Renaissance sculptor and medalist who, like his father, Leone, was known for his expressive sculpture portraits. In 1556 Pompeo went to Spain to help his father. He produced a large-scale sculpture for the wedding of King Philip II and Anna of Austria in 1570. Also in that year, under the patronage of Philip II, he produced his most famous work,...
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Alessandro Leopardo

borndied
1512unknown
a Venetian sculptor, bronze founder and architect. Leopardi worked between 1503 and 1505 on the chapel of Cardinal Zeno at St. Mark's, which was finished by 1515 by Antonio Lombardo and Tullio Lombardo. In 1505 he designed and cast the bronze bases, decorated in high relief, for the three great mast-like flagpoles in the Piazza San Marco. His model for the r...
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Louis Lerambert

borndied
16201670
a French sculptor in a Parisian family that included four generations of court artists, who in 1637 inherited the court position caring for the Antiquities and Marbles of the King, which had become hereditary in his family. He trained in the atelier of Simon Vouet, recently returned from Rome; there he met the sculptor Jacques Sarazin.
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John Graham Lough

borndied
17981876
an English sculptor known for his funerary monuments and a variety of portrait sculpture. He also produced ideal classical male and female figures. Lough produced many ideal works on classical, historical and literary themes, including a series of marble statues of Shakespearean subjects for his chief patron Matthew, 4th Baronet Ridley.
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Bernardino Ludovisi

aka: Bernardo
borndied
16931749
an Italian sculptor. Ludovisi participated in several prominent sculptural projects of his day, such as the Trevi Fountain, the ongoing sculptural works of St Peter’s, and the façade of St John Lateran. He was one of six Italian sculptors allotted subsidiary tasks to the French masters Pierre Le Gros and Jean-Baptiste Théodon working on the Chapel of St ...
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