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date: 15 December 2019

Marochetti, Carlo [Charles], Baronlocked

(b Turin, Jan 14, 1805; d Passy, Paris, Dec 29, 1867).
  • Philip Ward-Jackson

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(b Turin, Jan 14, 1805; d Passy, Paris, Dec 29, 1867).

Italian sculptor. His father, Vincenzo Marochetti, was a prominent advocate and functionary. The family moved to Paris shortly after Carlo’s birth. Marochetti trained with François-Joseph Bosio and, after failing to win the Prix de Rome, travelled to Italy in 1822 at his own expense. On his return he showed Young Girl with a Dog (Turin, Castello d’Agliè) at the Salon of 1827. His exhibit at the Salon of 1831, Rebel Angel (plaster; untraced), established his allegiance to the Romantic cause. Marochetti succeeded in projecting this Romanticism in public monuments: in his marble relief of the Battle of Jemmapes (1833–4) on the Arc de Triomphe and, in a more original form, in the group of the Assumption of the Magdalene (marble, 1834–44) for the church of the Madeleine, Paris, the latter an apotheosis deriving from the Baroque, but strongly symmetrical and denuded of scenic apparatus. Marochetti’s monumental Romanticism received wider exposure in a gift he made to his native city, the equestrian statue of ...

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