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Key facts
Full title Fame
Artist Probably French
Date made possibly 19th century
Medium and support Bronze, hollow cast
Dimensions 166 × 144 × 87 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir Herbert Cook, Bt, through the Art Fund in memory of Sir Francis Cook, Bt, 1925
Inventory number NG4105
Location Not on display
Probably French

A life-size female nude with outspread wings alights upon a cloud, which is blown from a mask’s mouth. The mask is of Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind and of winter. In her outstretched right arm, she holds a long trumpet to her lips. In her left hand, she holds a shorter trumpet.

This bronze sculpture was probably made in France during the nineteenth century as a replica of a bronze of the same subject by Pierre Biard (1559–1601), La Renomée (Fame), which was made around 1597. Biard’s sculpture (now in the Louvre, Paris) was commissioned for a funerary monument. It is modelled on Giambologna’s bronze sculpture of the Roman god Mercury, which was made around 1580. Biard may have seen a cast of one of the four versions of this sculpture when he travelled to Rome between 1577 and 1580.

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