Cire Trudon's Louise

Louise was the daughter of the architect Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart (1739-1813), 
famous for designing the Stock Exchange building in Paris
and transforming the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Thanks to his mother who was a painter and 
his father who was a caretaker at the Louvre museum, 
Brongniart became acquainted at a very early age with the best sculptors of his time. 

In 1777, he commissioned one such sculptor, Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), 
(considered by many to be the most brilliant portraitist of the 18th century) 
to sculpt in stone the portrait of his daughter, Louise.


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