"Mercury Attaching His Wings, After Jean-baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785)."Mercury Attaching his Wings after Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785).
Signed "Pigalle" on the terrace.
Numbered 906 on the reverse.
Mercury, messenger of the gods, attaches his fins to his heels in order to quickly deliver the message ordered to him by Venus: to seek his rival Psyche. Sitting on his rock, his face turned towards the sky, his left leg bent backwards, the 2 arms outstretched to attach his heel piece, the god is about to leap. With his spinning attitude, his posture calls for varying points of view as we go around the composition.
The torso of Mercury is inspired by the Torso of the Belvedere (Vatican), a fragment of antiquity that fascinates artists to this day.
Trained with Robert Le Lorrain and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne Jean-Baptiste Pigalle presents, on his return from his stay in Rome (1736-1739), the terracotta model of the Mercury to be approved by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. the Academy asked him for its reception to transpose the model into marble: it was received on July 30, 1744. Mercury was originally conceived as an isolated figure, but Pigalle added a Venus to him in 1742. The two sculptures were commissioned from him in marble by the royal administration, to be offered by Louis XV to Frederick II of Prussia in 1748.
The Mercure de Pigalle was a great success and was executed in bisque by the Sèvres factory from 1770. Well only numbered, the provenance of our model is not identified.