Hermes Riding Pegasus

Hermes Riding Pegasus

After the signing of the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697, and the return of prosperity to France, Louis XIV entrusted his Superintendent of Buildings Jules Hardouin-Mansart, to commission splendid statuary to adorn the park at the Château de Marly.

Antoine Coysevox received a commission in 1698 for a group of two equestrian subjects to the glory of the king.

These were made in Carrara marble in 1701-2, and placed on either side of the upper part of the horse pond, at the entrance to the park at Marly.

They were moved to the west entrance of the Tuileries Gardens in 1719, where they were replaced by replicas in 1986.

By Antoine Coysevox

French 1640-1720

copy having replaced in 1986 the original

 which has been moved to the Louvre Museum

Gardens of the Tuileries.

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