Funerary Monument for the Marquis de Tourney (for the Chapel of the Château de la Falaise)

François-Nicolas Delaistre1787-1793

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The Marquis Gallyot de Tourny commissioned this sculpture to serve as his funeral monument. It depicts a young woman gesturing with one hand toward an urn bearing the inscription <em>Voilà ce coeur qui nous a tant aimé</em> (Here is the heart that loved us so). The marquis specified that the figure should be a<em> rosière</em>, a virtuous woman of humble circumstances, a choice likely informed by the writings of Enlightenment philosophers, especially Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who championed greater social equality and democratic reform.

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  • Title: Funerary Monument for the Marquis de Tourney (for the Chapel of the Château de la Falaise)
  • Creator: François-Nicolas Delaistre (French, 1746-1832)
  • Date Created: 1787-1793
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 170 x 85.4 x 49.5 cm (66 15/16 x 33 5/8 x 19 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Commissioned by the Marquis Gallyot de Tourny (La Falaise, France), 1787-93., M. de Salvert, sale, Galerie Georges Petit, May 6-7, 1887, lot 31., Alain Moatti (Paris, France), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 2002.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2002.53
  • Medium: marble
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, Paris, 18th century
  • Credit Line: The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 2002.53

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