Pierre Etienne Daniel Campagne (French, 1851-1910)
Phryne Before Her Judges (Phryné Devant ses Juges)
Bronze (medium to light brown patina, minor wear and scratches consistent with age); inscribed “Phyrne” on the front of the base and signed on the right side of the base.
23"H x 12"W x 7"deep
Campagne was born in Gontaud and worked primarily in Paris where he was a student of Falguière. He first exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Français in 1889. Campagne is noted for his figure studies and most particularly for this subject of Phyrne.
Phyrne was an ancient Greek courtesan, noted for her great beauty. She is believed to have posed for numerous artists during her lifetime. The most well-known event in her life occurred when she was prosecuted for blasphemy and was defended by the orator Hyperides. “When it seemed as if the verdict would be unfavorable, he tore her dress and displayed her bosom, which so moved the jury that they acquitted her; another version has Phryne tear her own dress and plead with each individual juror.” (Encylopedia Britannica)
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