Neoclassical sculpture representing female figure holding a bunch of grapes with a putto.
Bosio Baron Francis - Joseph (1768 - 1845)
The neoclassical part of his work made him nicknamed the French Canova. In fact, Bosio did not limit himself to this style and, although he worked hard for Napoleon I and the Imperial Court, he also put himself at the service of the Bourbons and Louis-Philippe, collecting many others commands and distinctions.
Baron François Joseph Bosio (Principality of Monaco, March 19, 1768 - Paris, July 29, 1845) is a Monegasque sculptor who became known during the first quarter of the nineteenth century for the work commissioned by Napoleon and the government restorer.
Bosio received a scholarship from Prince Honoré I to study in Paris with the great sculptor Augustin Pajou. After a short service in the revolutionary army, he lived in Florence, Rome and Naples, offering sculptures for churches under the French hegemony in Italy in the 1790s. He was recruited by Dominique Vivant in 1808 to create the relief of the monumental column of the Place Vendôme. in Paris and the portrait of the Emperor Napoleon and his family. As such, he made some of his best works, including the marble busts of Empress Giuseppina, also made in biscuit by the Manufacture de Sèvres, and Queen Ortensia (circa 1810), also in bronze. by Ravrio.
Louis XVIII named him knight of the order of Saint-Michel in 1821, which gave him the title of first sculptor of the king. In 1828, Bosio sees his grand equestrian sculpture of Louis XIV erected on the Place des Victoires in Paris and is appointed officer of the Legion of Honor. He was then made baron by Charles X in 1825. Although under Louis Philippe, he was deprived of all his titles, he continued to receive official orders, as the most talented sculptor in Paris, and created the statue of Napoleon for the column of the Grande Armée in 1840 under Napoleon III. Five years later, he died in Paris.
In addition to the imperial busts and the statue of Louis XVI, he executed other important works, such as the quadriga of Arco del Carrousel and the statue of Hercules fighting with Acheloo transformed into a snake exposed to the Louvre. Several of his most important sculptures and statues are now on display at the Louvre Museum.