Edmé Bouchardon
sculptor and architect; b. May 29, 1698 (at Chaumont en Bassigny, France); d. July 27, 1762.
The son of Jean Baptiste Bouchardon, a sculptor and architect of Chaumont. Going to Paris, he entered the atelier of Guillaume Coustou, and September 18, 1723, won the Grand Prix de Rome. He spent ten years in Italy and returned to France in 1733. One of his best known works is the splendid fountain of the Rue de Grenelle, Paris. Bouchardon made the statue of Louis XV which formerly stood where the obélisque now stands in the Place de la Concorde, then Place Louis XV, finished in 1757.

François Boucher
mural and decorative painter; b. September 29, 1703; d. May 30, 1770.

Giuseppe Galli da Bibiena
architect; b. 1696; d. 1757 (at Berlin).
Giuseppe was the son of Ferdinando Galli da Bibiena. He went to Vienna with his father and spent his life in the service of the various German courts. He was especially interested in theatre construction, scene painting, the decoration of processions, and the like. In 1723 he arranged an imperial fête at Prague. He built a theatre at Bayreuth, Bavaria, in 1747, and in 1750 rebuilt an opera house at Dresden, now destroyed.




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