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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Exceptional sculptures from the 15th, to 18th centuries

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 Maggio 2010

Paris 11 quai Voltaire, Galerie Ratton-Ladriere From 14 September to 26 October 2010 Opening day: Monday 13 September Some of them depict historical scenes, such as the Death of Cleopatra, while others show religious scenes, such as the Beheading of Saint Paul, while others still are based on mythology, such as the Lady with the unicorn or the Faun with Kid. Located on quai Voltaire, the Ratton-Ladrière gallery has been one of the must-see antiquity galleries of the “Carré Rive Gauche” for some thirty years. Having been established on the Right Bank (14 rue Marignan, Paris 8th district) for several decades by Charles Ratton and Guy Ladrière, the Ratton-Ladrière gallery is now known internationally for its sculptures and art objects, but also its paintings and drawings, which primarily cover the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
A genuine aficionado, Guy Ladrière conveys his passion for art to those around him, starting with his daughter Sandrine who has been working for the gallery since 2001. Together, they are delighted to count among their regular clientele numerous demanding private collectors, to which can be added the most renowned international museums, such as Cluny, Versailles, and the Getty Museum (Los Angeles)… not to mention the Louvre which faces it from the other side of the Seine. Among the prominent pieces, let us mention the Beheading of Saint Paul, a terra cotta sculpture hand-crafted in the 17th century by Alessandro Algardi, or the Faun with kid, a white marble sculpture made in the 18th century by a certain Jacques François Saly, inspired by the statuary of antiquity. Fauns are generally rustic beings that are half-man and half-beast; Saly’s faun, however, is of a youthful grace and completely civilized, one worthy of being shown at the Court of Louis XV where the marble piece was on display. The Ratton-Ladrière gallery regularly organizes thematic exhibitions of exquisite refinement and quality. Its previous exhibitions had themes of “Animals in art”, “Sculpted heads”, and “Old masters drawings from the 16th to the 18th centuries”.

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