191. [Flemish school]
GODECHARLE, Gilles Lambert
Drawing, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, 44,5 x 28,5 cm, laid paper with watermark "AP", signed and dated at lower right "G.L. Godecharle 1795".
Godecharle (1750-1835) was one of the most important neoclassical Belgian sculptors. Empress Maria Theresa awarded him a stipend that enabled him to travel for his studies, first to Paris, then to Rome. He received official commissions under Napoleon and under William I of the Netherlands. The present drawing was probably a study drawing for a sculpture monument of Fides (Faith). Godecharle made other sculpture groups representing the Virtues, the most famous being his Charitas, now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.
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