The National Museum of Decorative Arts to host Treasures from the Louvre. Houdon's Sculptures

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The National Museum of Decorative Arts, with the exceptional participation of The Louvre Museum and the support of the French Embassy in Argentina presents the exhibition "Treasures from the Louvre. Houdon's Sculptures", featuring 19 works by French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon, considered as the best sculptor of his time for the vividness of his portraits.
Houdon is famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political French figures of the XVIII century, including Diderot, Rousseau, Mirabeau, Condorcet, Voltaire.
In 1785 Houdon was invited by Benjamín Franklin to portrait the then President George Washington. Washington sat for wet clay life models and a plaster life mask that served for many busts and statues, including a standing figure currently located in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.
The exhibit will feature not only portraits of historical figures, but also of Houdon's family members, French royals, and the singer Sophie Arnauld as Iphigénie at Gluck's Iphigénie in Aulide.
The exhibition will run between August 5 and September 27, 2009, and will be accompanied by guided visits, conferences by specialists, and concerts of fragments of French Baroque operas.

Location: National Museum of Decorative Arts. Av. Libertador 1902
Dates and hours:
August 5 to September 27, 2009
Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm
Entrance: AR $ 2. Tuesdays: Free

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