(b Eu, 1612 or 1614; d Paris, 11 July 1686). Brother of (1)
François Anguier. For a time he worked with an unknown sculptor in
Eu until, aged 15, he settled in Paris, joining the studio of Simon
Guillain. Around 1641 he went to Rome, where he lived in a colony of
artists for ten years and seems to have been on good terms with
François Duquesnoy and Nicolas Poussin. In 1648 he was one of 39
sculptors brought together by Gianlorenzo Bernini to carve the papal
medallions and reliefs of putti on the pilasters along the nave of
St Peterís. In 1648Ė9 he was a member of the team from Alessandro
Algardiís workshop that modelled the large stucco reliefs for the
nave of S Giovanni in Laterano; his three panels (and his terracotta
models) reveal a mixture of Baroque and late Mannerist treatment
that is very different from Algardiís own sculpture during this
period. For the Holy Year of 1650 he made (after Algardiís designs)
a float (untraced; drawing, Zurich, Graph. Samml. Eidgenöss. Tech.
Hochsch.), in wood or papier-mâché, of the Lamentation over the Dead
Christ for the Arciconfraternità del Gonfalone. Above all, however,
he dedicated himself to the study of ancient statues and reliefs and
to a careful reading of the ancient authors.
Hercules and Atlas
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