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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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Claude Ramey

bornactivedied
1754, Oct 291782-18281838, Jun 4
a French sculptor. Between 1806 and 1810 he was engaged on the bas reliefs on the Vendôme Column in Paris. In 1817, he was elected to the Academie des Beaux Arts; amongst his students was Jean-Pierre Cortot. In 1828 he produced a monumental statue of Cardinal Richelieu which was installed at Richelieu, Indre-et-Loire. He was the father of Étienne-Jules Ram...
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Jean-Etienne Ramey

aka: Ramey fils
bornactivedied
1796, May 241815-18521852, Oct 29
a French sculptor. Ramey was born in Paris. The pupil of his father, Claude Ramey (1754–1838), he trained in the studio of Pierre Cartellier, won the Prix de Rome in sculpture, 1815, with the subject, equally classicizing and sentimental, Ulysses recognized by his dog, and collaborated with David d'Angers on the sculptures for the triumphal arch at Marseil...
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Jose Ramirez de Arellano

aka: José Ramírez de Arellano, José Ramírez Benavides
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17051740-17701770, Mar 27
a Spanish Baroque architect and sculptor. He was the son of the sculptor Juan Ramírez Mejandre, and brother of sculptor Manuel Ramírez de Arellano and painter Juan Ramírez de Arellano.
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Christian Daniel Rauch

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1777, Jan 21790-18571857, Dec 3
a German sculptor. He founded the Berlin school of sculpture, and was the foremost German sculptor of the 19th century. In 1811, Rauch was commissioned to execute a monument for Queen Louisa of Prussia. The statue, representing the queen in a sleeping posture, was placed in a mausoleum in the grounds of Charlottenburg, and procured great fame and a European ...
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George Rennie

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1801/021820s-18551860, Mar 22
a Scottish sculptor and politician. He entered politics to support the arts in Britain and helped achieve free access to public art and museums. He was an Member of Parliament (MP) for Ipswich, 1842-1847. That year he was appointed as governor of the Falkland Islands, off the coast of Argentina.
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Ligier Richier

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1500 ca1530s-15671567
a French sculptor active in Saint-Mihiel, who primarily worked in the churches of his native Saint-Mihiel and from 1530 he enjoyed the protection of Duke Antoine of Lorraine, for whom he did important work. Whilst Richier did sometimes work in wood, he preferred the pale, soft limestone with its fine grain, and few veins, extracted at Saint Mihiel and Sorcy ...
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Tilman Riemenschneider

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1460 ca1483-15251531, Jul 7
a German sculptor and woodcarver, one of the most prolific and versatile sculptors of the transition period between late Gothic and Renaissance, a master in stone and limewood. By 1500, he had developed an outstanding reputation as an artist and had become a wealthy Würzburg citizen.
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William Henry Rinehart

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18251844-18741874
a noted American sculptor. He is considered the last important American sculptor to work in the classical style. Rinehart was financially successful in his lifetime, executing many commissions for wealthy and cultured clients.
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Giovanni della Robbia

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14691501-1520s1529
an Italian Renaissance ceramic artist. He was the son of Andrea della Robbia (1435-1525), brother of Girolamo della Robbia (1488-1566) and grandnephew of Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482).
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Luisa Roldan

aka: Roldán , La Roldana
bornactivedied
16501686-1690s1704
a Spanish sculptor of the Baroque Era. She is the first woman sculptor documented in Spain. Despite the quality of her work—Antonio Palomino considered her as important a sculptor as her father— like many artists of her time she died poor, signing a declaration of poverty shortly before her death.
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John Charles Felix Rossi

aka: Charles Rossi
borndied
17621839
an English sculptor who won several prestigious commissions for monuments to military and naval heroes to be set up in St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as other statues and architectural sculpture.
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Louis-Francois Roubiliac

aka: Louis-François
borndied
1702/051762
a French sculptor who worked in England, one of the four most prominent sculptors in London working in the rococo style, whose works reside in Westminster Abbey. He was described by Margaret Whinney as "probably the most accomplished sculptor ever to work in England".
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Louis Royer

aka: Lodewyk
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17931868
a Flemish sculptor who worked in the Netherlands where he received many commissions from the royal family and for public statues.
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Francois Rude

aka: François
borndied
17841855
a French sculptor. He was the stepfather of Paul Cabet, a sculptor. He produced bas-reliefs and sculptures. His great success dates, however, from 1833, when he received the cross of the Legion of Honour for his statue of a Neapolitan Fisher Boy playing with a Tortoise (now in the Louvre), which also procured for him the important commission for all the scul...
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William Rush

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17561833
a U.S. neoclassical sculptor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is considered the first major American sculptor. He was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and taught sculpture there. He was also active in local politics, serving on the Philadelphia City Council for two decades.
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John Michael Rysbrack

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16941770
an 18th-century Flemish sculptor.working in London. He produced vivid portraits and monuments of lively baroque composition, rapidly establishing himself as a highly sought-after sculptor. He executed busts and funerary monuments of many of the most prominent men of his day, including the monument to Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, a statue of Marlborough...
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