Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Equestrian Statue of Henri IV on the Pont Neuf, Paris.

The Bronze Equestrian Statue of Henri IV,
on the Pont Neuf, Paris.
by Pietro Tacca, a pupil of Giambologna.
Erected 1614.
Erected under the command of his son Louis XIII .
Mid 19th Century Photograph from Gallica depicting the replica .
The original was destroyed in 1792 during the French revolution and replaced under the direction of Louis XVIII with a replica by François-Frédéric Lemon on 25 August 1818.

 Turgot Map of Paris.


Project for the equestrian group of Henri IV commissioned by the Grand Duke Ferdinand I, built on the Pont Neuf in Paris and destroyed in 1792. The project was realized by Giambologna and his pupil Pietro Tacca, while the base is due to Pierre Francheville and Francesco Bordoni (R. Bacou and J. Bean Florentine Drawings from the collection of Filippo Baldinucci. 1625-1696, Paris, 1958, No. 26). This is the only drawing with the horse-knight group inverted relative to the overall project is seen on the sheet Louvre Inv. 921 see below
 A. Matteoli (Lodovico Cardi-Cigoli. Pittore e architetto, Pisa, 1980 No. 135) dates the group projects Cigoli between 1604 and 1606, whereas according to K. Watson (Pietro Tacca Successor to Giambologna, New York, 1983 ., pp 197-198) it is around 1608. 

oOher drawings related to this group: Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi, n. 970F, orn of 865-868. 1766 orn. ; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, No. 198 (see: Biblioteca dei disegni Vol XXIII, Maestri toscani Secondo del Cinquecento, Florence, 1976, No. 32, p 33; General Inventory of Italian Drawings Drawings -III- Tuscan XVI-XVIII centuries.. . 1560-1640, I, F. Viatte, Paris, 1988, No. 146; L. Chapell, Disegni di cigoli, Florence, 1992, No. 96). 
KT Parker (Catalogue of Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, t. II, 1956, No. 198) suggests that these drawings are preparatory for prints.
F. Baldinucci; traces simple brown net; Third volume of his collection, p. 39 (Cigoli) - his son, Francesco Saverio Baldinucci - Pandolfo Pandolfini, Pandolfini Camillo Roberto Pandolfini, Pandolfini Angiolo, Anna Eleonora Pandolfini (wife of Filippo Strozzi) and Eleonora Teresa Pandolfini by inheritance - Sold through Filippo Strozzi, on report of Francois Xavier Fabre, the Napoleon Museum in 1806; Louvre brand (L. 1886).

Lodovico Cardi

Projet pour le groupe équestre d'Henri IV, commandé par le grand-duc Ferdinand I, érigé sur le Pont-Neuf à Paris et détruit en 1792.
Le projet fut réalisé par Giambologna et son élève Pietro Tacca, alors que la base de la statue est due à Pierre Francheville et Francesco Bordoni (R. Bacou et J. Bean, Dessins florentins de la collection de Filippo Baldinucci. 1625-1696, Paris, 1958, n°26). 
 A. Matteoli (Lodovico-Cardi Cigoli. Pittore e architetto, Pise, 1980, n°135) date le groupe des projets de Cigoli entre 1604 et 1606, alors que d'après K. Watson (Pietro Tacca Successor to Giambologna, New York, 1983, p. 197-198) il se situe autour de 1608. 

D'autres dessins en relation avec ce groupe :
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Inv. 920 ; Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi, n. 970F, de 865 à 868 orn., 1766 orn. ;
Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, n°198 (voir : Biblioteca dei disegni, vol. XXIII,
Maestri toscani del Secondo Cinquecento, Florence 1976, n°32, p. 33 ;
Musée du Louvre. Cabinet des dessins. Inventaire général des dessins italiens -III- Dessins toscans XVI-XVIIIè siècles. 1560-1640, I, par F. Viatte, Paris, 1988, n° 146 ; M. L. Chapell, Disegni di Lodovico Cigoli, Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, 1992, n°96). 

K. T. Parker (Catalogue of Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, t. II, 1956, n° 198) suggère que tous ces dessins seraient préparatoires pour des gravures. 
F. Baldinucci ; traces de double filet brun ; IIIème volume de sa collection, p. 40 (Cigoli) - son fils, Francesco Saverio Baldinucci - Pandolfo Pandolfini, Camillo Pandolfini, Roberto Pandolfini, Angiolo Pandolfini, Anna Eleonora Pandolfini (épouse de Filippo Strozzi) et Eleonora Teresa Pandolfini, par héritage - Vendu par l'entremise de Filippo Strozzi, sur rapport de François Xavier Fabre, au Musée Napoléon en 1806 ; marque du Louvre (L. 1886).


9.6 x 15.9 cms
Isreal Sylvestre le Jeune (1621 - 91).

© Pau, musée national du château de Pau, © Service des musées de France, 2014




17th Century Engraving.
Chantilly, Musée Condé.

17th Century
Vue Optique.
Musee National du Chateau du Pau




Entry of Louis XIV to Paris 1660
View of the Pont Neuf. 

Equestrian Statue of Henri IV on the Pont Neuf
 Musee Carnavalet.

Hendrick Mommers.


Anon Musee Carnavalet



I include here a small selection of the images and statues of Henri IV.

I will leave an in depth study to others.

Henri IV
by Berthelemy Prieur (d. 1611).
Small bronze Bust
24.3 cms.

Los Angeles County Museum

Henri IV

Barthelemy Prieur

Louvre, Paris

Bronze head of Henr IV
Matthieu Jacquet (1545 - 1611).
Height 12.5". 

Louvre, Paris.

Another image unknown source.

Henri IV et Marie de Médicis

Bronze Medallion of Henri IV and Maria de Medici.

Guillaume Dupre

Henri IV et Marie de Médicis

and another.

Henri IV en Hercule gaulois - Cabinet des Médailles Paris:


Henri I
Barthelemy Tremblay


Chateau de Pau France.

Henri IV
Barthelemy Tremblay (1578 - 1629).

In front of the entrance of the Chateau de Pau, France.


Image result for HENRI IV,  Buste en cire d'après Guillaume Dupré, ca.1610

Chateau de Fontainbleau


Given that this blog and its parallel blog is about the portrait, I will include here some engravings of Henri IV.

All these images with much more information  from -


3 - statue de Henri IV gravure


I include this image below of Henri IV for it's sheer ridiculousness in modern eyes!

Louvre, Paris.


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