Pradier, Jacques

Pradier, Jacques a Swiss artist of note, was born at Geneva in May, 1792; went as a youth to Paris, and finally to Rome, where he studied for over five years, especially under Canova. He devoted himself principally to sculpture, and produced some remarkable works. In 1819 he settled at Paris, and died there in 1852. Satyrs, Bacchantes, Venuses, and the like, make up principally the list of his works; but he also devoted himself to sacred subjects, and produced, among others, a colossal figure of Christ on the Cross, a Pieta (now at Toulon), a Marriage of the Virgin (for the Madeleine, Paris), four Apostles, a Virgin (for the cathedral of Avignon), etc. One of his greatest works is the tomb of Napoleon I at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. See Mrs. Clement, Handbook of Sculptors, Painters, etc., s.v.

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