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 François Joseph Bosio



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Baron François Joseph Bosio (19 March 1769 – 29 July 1845) was a French sculptor who achieved distinction in the first quarter of the nineteenth century with his work for Napoleon and for the restored French monarchy.

Born in Monaco, Bosio was given a scholarship by prince Honoré I to study in Paris with the eminent sculptor Augustin Pajou. After brief service in the Revolutionary army he lived in Florence, Rome and Naples, providing sculpture for churches under the French hegemony in Italy in the 1790s. He was recruited by Dominique Vivant in 1808 to make bas-reliefs for the monumental column in the Place Vendôme in Paris and also to serve as portrait sculptor to Emperor Napoleon I and his family. It was in this capacity that he produced some of his finest work, notably marble portrait busts of the Empress Josephine, which was also modelled in bisque Sèvres porcelain, and of Queen Hortense (about 1810), which was also cast in bronze by Ravrio.

Louis XVIII made Bosio a Knight of the Order of Saint Michael in 1821 and appointed him premier sculpteur du Roi. In 1828, Bosio saw his grandiose equestrian sculpture of Louis XIV erected in the Place des Victoires in Paris and was made an Officier of the Légion d'honneur. He was made a baron by Charles X of France in 1825. Though under Louis-Philippe he was stripped of his titles, he continued to receive official commissions, as the ablest portrait sculptor in Paris, and created the statue of Napoleon for the Column of the Grande Armée in 1840 under Napoleon III. He died in Paris.

Apart from the imperial busts and the statue of Louis XVI, other important works included the quadriga of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the statue of Hercules fighting Acheloos transformed into a snake (illustration) in the Louvre. Many of his most important sculptures and statues can today be found in the Louvre museum in Paris.


Aristaeus, god of the gardens






Henry IV as a Child



Hercules fighting Acheloos transformed into a snake



The nymph Salmacis
 Louvre Museum

The nymph Salmacis
 Louvre Museum



Bust of the Marquis d'Aligre



Buste de Charles X



Cupid with a Bow
1808,  Hermitage



Jerome Bonaparte



Statue Louis XIV place des Victoires



Peace riding in a triumphal chariot
Bronze mould by Charles Crozatier, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, 1828



Bust of Vivant-Denon



Bust of Josephine
Musee des Beaux-Arts (Dijon, Bourgogne, France)



Young Indian Woman Wrapping a Shell­Fringed Band round her Leg



Bust of the Virgin


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