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Historical Artist - Joseph Chinard (1756 - 1813)

Joseph Chinard first studied at a government operated art school in Rome and later in a workshop. He worked in Rome from 1784 to 1787, while also doing long-distance commissions for his high society clients in Lyons. Chinard won first prize for his sculpture during this time at the Accademia di San Luca. After attracting the attention of the Italian Church authorities for French Revolutionary references in his sculptures, Chinard spent his time divided between Lyons and Italy. He was a favored sculptor of the Emperor Napoleon’s family and visited Paris three times to work for them. Chinard preferred to live a modest lifestyle and his patrons were fond of the elegance and personality he put into his portrait busts. Much of his public sculpture in Lyon was lost during the Revolution. His intimate terracotta or marble family allegories adapted conventions of funeral monuments to present realistic allegories of family affection. Chinard's work may be seen in various museum collections, including those of the Louvre and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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