Martin Desjardins

(d. 1637)

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(bapt. Breda, 11 Nov. 1637; d Paris, 2 May 1694). Dutch-born sculptor who spent almost all his career in France. His name was originally Martin van den Bogaert, but he adopted an approximate French equivalent (bogaard is Dutch for ‘orchard’, and jardin French for ‘garden’). His most important work was a huge bronze statue of Louis XIV for the Place des Victoires, Paris (1686). It was destroyed during the French Revolution, but parts of the pedestal survive in the Louvre, and an earlier, smaller version of the statue in marble is at Versailles. His other work included tombs, portrait busts, and a good deal of decorative sculpture at Versailles and in various buildings in Paris.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.

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