“Ideal - According To Pajou” 6x6
Oil on Hardboard
This painting is a depiction of a portion of the terra cotta sculpture “Ideal Female Head” by the Frenchman Augustin Pajou 1770. The bust was designed as a model for a gilt wood console ornament on a balcony for the Salle de l'Opéra at the royal palace at Versailles. This elaborate theater was being newly renovated in preparation for the wedding of Marie-Antoinette and the Dauphin. The sculpture is part of the permanent collection at the Getty.