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56" Barbedienne Bronze Cast of Gloria Victis by Mercie

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Directory: Fine Art: Sculpture: Bronze: Pre 1900: item # 955648

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56" Barbedienne Bronze Cast of Gloria Victis by Mercie
This extraodinary bronze sculpture, Gloria Victis, by Marius Jean Antonin Mercie (1845-1916), was cast by Barbedienne in the nineteenth century. Measuring 56" (142 cm), it is believed to be the second largest cast known to have been made by Barbedienne. First conceived while Mercie was studying in Rome at the French Academy, it originally modelled where Fame was supporting a victorius warrior in anticipation of a positive outcome to the Franco-Prussian war started in 1870. Following France's defeat, Merci substituted a dying warrior with a damaged sabre. It is commonly believed that it represents Merciť's contemporary, Henri Rigault, a sculptor who was killed on the final day of battle. "Gloria Victis!" is a rejoinder to the ancient motto Vae victis! Additional images forwarded upon request.

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