Sculptors in History

Historical Events

  • 1831-03-02 John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission

USAStatue of Liberty

1879-02-18 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1880-08-16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1919-08-04 Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin

PortugalSanctuary of Christ the King

1959-05-17 Sanctuary of Christ the King inaugurated, a 28 meter (92 ft) high monument and shrine overlooking Lisbon, Portugal by sculptor Francisco Franco de Sousa

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The Sanctuary of Christ the King in Almada, Portugal
The Sanctuary of Christ the King in Almada, Portugal
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Famous Birthdays

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  • 1400-12-22 Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Madonna of Rose Garden), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1482)
  • 1435-10-20 Andrea Della Robbia, Florence, sculptor, nephew of Luca

Person of interestLeonardo da Vinci

1452-04-15 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary, born in Vinci, Florence, Italy (d. 1519)

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1469-05-19 Giovanni della Robbia, Italian Renaissance sculptor (d. 1529)

Person of interestMichelangelo

1475-03-06 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), born in Caprese, Tuscany (d. 1564)

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 1493-11-12 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)
  • 1500-11-01 Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor, goldsmith and author (Perseus), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1571)
  • 1511-06-18 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Settignano, Italy (d. 1592)
  • 1527-11-18 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter and sculptor, born in Moneglia, Republic of Genoa (d. 1585)
  • 1577-09-16 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), born in Carrara, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1595-07-31 Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1654)
  • 1597-01-12 François Duquesnoy, French sculptor (d. 1643)

Person of interestGian Lorenzo Bernini

1598-12-07 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • 1599-09-25 Francesco Borromini, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Bissone, Italy (d. 1667)
  • 1601-03-19 Alonzo Cano, Spanish painter/sculptor (Cathedral Granada)
  • 1609-08-30 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), born in Antwerp (d. 1668)
  • 1612-09-28 Michel Anguier, French sculptor, born in Eu, Normandy, France (d. 1686)
  • 1625-06-06 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, born in Carrara, Italy (d. 1701)
  • 1625-11-20 Artus Quellinus II, Flemish sculptor, born in Sint-Truiden, Limburg, Belgium (d. 1700)
  • 1637-10-20 Nicolaas van der Veken, Flemish sculptor (confessional chairs)
  • 1640-09-29 Antoine Coyzevox, French sculptor, baptized
  • 1648-04-04 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1721)
  • 1652-07-02 Guillielmus "Willem" Kerricx, Flemish sculptor (Rozenkrans), born in Dendermonde, East Flanders (d. 1719)
  • 1652-08-10 Peterus I Scheemaeckers, Flemish sculptor (tomb stones)
  • 1658-01-09 Nicolas Coustou, French sculptor (Descente de Croix)
  • 1660-05-20 Andreas Schlüter, German sculptor (d. 1714)
  • 1669-07-04 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, born in Antwerp (d. 1759)
  • 1677-04-25 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Chevaux the Marly), born in Lyon, France (d. 1746)
  • 1682-04-22 Willem Ignatius Kerricx, Flemish architect, sculptor and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1745)
  • 1684-02-24 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (d. 1738)
  • 1686-04-28 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, born in Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic (d. 1721)
  • 1688-09-12 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, born in Chomutov, Czech Republic (d. 1731)
  • 1697-03-30 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor
  • 1700-06-04 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
  • 1700-10-10 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor, born in Nancy, Kingdom of France (d. 1759)
  • 1706-02-12 Josef Christian, German sculptor
  • 1710-05-23 François Gaspard Adam, French sculptor (garden sculptures), born in Nancy, France (d. 1761)
  • 1714-01-28 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), born in Paris (d. 1785)
  • 1716-12-01 Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)
  • 1717-06-20 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1776)
  • 1722-07-16 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), born in London (d. 1803)
  • 1731-12-26 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • 1734-03-01 Pieter Valck[x], South Netherland sculptor
  • 1737-08-11 Joseph Nollekins, sculptor, born in London, England
  • 1740-06-18 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, born in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium (d. 1809)
  • 1740-09-07 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1814)
  • 1740-11-24 John Bacon, English sculptor
  • 1741-03-20 Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (d. 1828)
  • 1742-10-12 Johann Peter Melchior, German sculptor, born in Lindorf, Germany (d. 1825)
  • 1753-11-06 Mikhail Kozlovsky, Russian sculptor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1802)
  • 1755-07-06 John Flaxman, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey tomb stones)
  • 1756-07-04 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1833)
  • 1757-11-01 Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor, born in Possagno, Republic of Venice (d. 1822)
  • 1764-05-20 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/lithographer
  • 1770-11-19 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1844)
  • 1777-01-02 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • 1788-03-12 Pierre J David [David d'Angers], French sculptor
  • 1790-06-19 John Gibson, British sculptor, born in Conwy, Wales (d. 1866)
  • 1792-02-23 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor
  • 1795-02-10 Ary Scheffer, Dutch painter/etcher/sculptor
  • 1796-09-25 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • 1805-06-29 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), born in Woodstock, Vermont (d. 1873)
  • 1805-09-06 Horatio Greenough, American neo-classical sculptor and writer (Form & Function), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1852)
  • 1807-02-08 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
  • 1808-02-26 Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • 1810-07-11 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1882)
  • 1810-12-13 Clark Mills, American sculptor (Freedom, Armed Liberty) (d. 1883)
  • 1814-03-22 Thomas Crawford, US sculptor (Babes in the Wood)
  • 1815-02-21 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • 1816-07-11 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1867)
  • 1817-03-01 Giovanni Duprè, Italian sculptor (d. 1882)
  • 1819-06-03 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1824-05-11 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1827-05-11 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
  • 1828-01-28 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor
  • 1830-10-09 Harriet Hosmer, American neoclassical sculptor, born in Watertown, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1830-11-23 Kaspar CE Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austria sculptor
  • 1831-04-12 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Etterbeek, Belgium (d. 1905)
  • 1831-09-07 Alexandre Falguière, French sculptor and painter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1900)
  • 1832-01-06 Gustave Doré, French painter and sculptor, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1883)
  • 1834-07-19 Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), born in Paris (d. 1917)

Person of interestFrédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

1834-08-02 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor (designed the Statue of Liberty), born in Colmar, France (d. 1904)

  • 1835-01-03 Larkin Goldsmith Mead, sculptor
  • 1837-10-18 Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg, German-Dutch sculptor and architect of church interiors, born in Cologne (d. 1919)

Person of interestAuguste Rodin

1840-11-12 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

Person of interestPierre Auguste Renoir

1841-02-25 Pierre Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter and sculptor (Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party), born in Limoges, France (d. 1919)

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • 1841-04-13 Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1905)
  • 1843-10-21 Mark M Antokolski, Russian/French sculptor (Peter the Great)
  • 1846-08-23 Alexander Milne Calder, Scottish-American sculptor, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1923)
  • 1847-10-06 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, born in Marburg, Germany (d. 1921)
  • 1848-03-01 Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor and designer (1907 $20 gold piece)
  • 1849-06-08 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1904)
  • 1850-04-20 Daniel Chester French, American sculptor (Minute Man), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1931)
  • 1854-08-12 Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
  • 1855-07-30 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", born in NYC, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1857-02-18 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor
  • 1858-06-20 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • 1858-09-12 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Grembergen, Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1860-02-18 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • 1860-02-21 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1875-12-15 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island

LoveWedding of Interest

1917-01-29 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-06-21 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (19) weds sculptor Blair Gordon Newell

Actress Gloria Stuart
Actress
Gloria Stuart

LoveWedding of Interest

1978-09-30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep

LoveWedding of Interest

1992-05-23 Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

  • 2005-08-30 "Squeeze" band founder Jools Holland (47) weds sculptor Christabel McEwen at St. James Church in Cooling, Kent, England

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 279

  • 1256-06-13 Tankei, Japanese sculptor (b. 1173)
  • 1438-10-20 Jacopo di Piero della Quercia, Italian sculptor, dies at about 64
  • 1455-12-01 Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italian sculptor, dies at 77

Person of interestDonatello

1466-12-13 Donatello, Florentine artist and Renaissance sculptor, dies at around 80

Sculptor Donatello
Sculptor
Donatello
  • 1482-02-10 Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor (majolica reliefs), dies at 81
  • 1488-10-07 Andrea del Verrochio, sculptor/painter/goldsmith, dies at about 52

Person of interestLeonardo da Vinci

1519-05-02 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary, dies at 67

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1519-09-21 Hans Backofen/Backoffen, German sculptor, dies at about 49
  • 1522-08-27 Giovanni A Amadei/Amadeo, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at about 75
  • 1531-07-08 Tilman Riemenschneider, German sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1560-02-07 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)

Person of interestMichelangelo

1564-02-18 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), dies at 88

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • 1566-08-04 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • 1570-11-27 Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1486)
  • 1571-02-14 Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor, goldsmith and author (Perseus), dies at 70
  • 1585-10-06 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter and sculptor, dies at 57
  • 1592-04-22 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor & architect, dies at 80
  • 1596-05-27 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies
  • 1620-06-29 John Aerts, Flemish sculptor
  • 1625-11-14 Giulio C Procaccini, Italian sculptor/painter, dies
  • 1626-12-15 Adriaen de Vries, Dutch sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1640-10-26 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), dies at 63
  • 1646-04-10 Santino Solari, Swiss architect and sculptor (b. 1576)
  • 1647-08-24 Nicholas Stone "Elder", English sculptor/architect, dies at about 61
  • 1654-06-10 Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor and architect, dies at 58
  • 1658-12-26 Simon Guillain, French sculptor (Castle of Blois/Sorbonne), dies at 78
  • 1660-12-03 Jacques Sarazin, French sculptor/painter, dies at about 70
  • 1662-04-04 Leonhart Kern, German sculptor, dies at about 73
  • 1667-08-03 Francesco Borromini, Italian sculptor and architect, dies at 67
  • 1667-09-03 Alonso Cano, Spanish painter, sculptor and architect, dies at 66
  • 1668-08-09 Francois Anguier, French sculptor, dies at about 64
  • 1668-08-23 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), dies at 58

Person of interestGian Lorenzo Bernini

1680-11-28 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor, painter and architect (St. Peter's Baldachin), dies at 81

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • 1686-07-10 Ercole Ferrata, Italian sculptor/restaurateur, dies at 76
  • 1686-07-11 Michel Anguier, French sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1700-11-30 Artus Quellinus II, Flemish sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1701-03-28 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1715-09-01 François Girardon, French sculptor (b. 1628)
  • 1720-10-10 Antoine Coysevox, French sculptor (b. 1640)
  • 1721-01-07 Rochus Aerts, Flemish sculptor, dies [or 1739]
  • 1721-08-03 Grinling Gibbons, Dutch-born British sculptor and woodcarver, dies at 73
  • 1721-09-08 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, dies at 35
  • 1731-03-08 Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor and carver of the Baroque era, dies at 42
  • 1738-02-15 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 1742-07-19 John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor, dies at 45
  • 1745-01-04 Willem Ignatius Kerricx, Flemish architect, sculptor and painter, dies at 62
  • 1746-02-20 Guillaume Coustou Sr, French sculptor (Mary Leszczynska), dies at 68
  • 1748-04-12 William Kent, English sculptor/architect (Kensington Palace), dies
  • 1759-02-15 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1759-05-12 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1759-07-25 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 59
  • 1761-08-18 François Gaspard Adam, French sculptor (garden sculptures), dies at 51
  • 1762-01-11 Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
  • 1768-04-19 Filippo della Valle, Italian sculptor, dies at about 70
  • 1771-03-08 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • 1776-05-04 Jacques Saly, French sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1777-06-22 Josef Christian, German sculptor, dies at 71
  • 1777-07-13 Guillaume Coustou Jr, French sculptor (Apollo/Mars/Venus), dies at 61
  • 1783-05-03 Pieter Valck(x), South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • 1784-07-15 Johan B Straub, South German sculptor, dies
  • 1785-08-21 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), dies at 71
  • 1790-01-02 Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, German rococo sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1799-08-07 John Bacon, English sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1801-03-25 Anthony Ziesenis, Dutch architect and sculptor (Camper), dies at 69
  • 1802-11-12 Charles van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 1803-11-25 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • 1809-05-08 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
  • 1809-11-12 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • 1810-09-09 Johann Baptiste Hagenauer, Austrian sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1814-02-26 Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1821-02-23 Marie-Anne Collot, French sculptor, dies
  • 1822-10-13 Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1825-06-13 Johann Peter Melchior, German sculptor, dies at 82
  • 1826-12-07 John Flaxman, Engl sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
  • 1828-07-15 Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (b. 1741)
  • 1833-01-17 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), dies at 76
  • 1844-03-24 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), dies at 73
  • 1850-01-27 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1856-01-05 Pierre J David [David d'Angers], French sculptor, dies at 67
  • 1856-07-04 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor, dies at 64
  • 1857-12-03 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor, dies at 80
  • 1858-06-15 Ary Scheffer, Dutch French Romantic painter, etcher and sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1866-01-27 John Gibson, British sculptor, dies at 75 (b. 1790)
  • 1867-03-02 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, dies at 50
  • 1873-06-27 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), dies at 67
  • 1874-08-27 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • 1875-06-25 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1875-10-12 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (b. 1827)
  • 1881-04-19 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, dies at 53
  • 1882-06-25 François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)
  • 1882-07-11 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, dies on 72nd birthday
  • 1891-01-31 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1893-01-16 Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74
  • 1900-04-20 Alexandre Falguière, French sculptor and painter, dies at 68
  • 1902-07-14 Mark M Antokolski, Russian/French sculptor, dies at 58
  • 1904-01-10 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)
  • 1904-12-24 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), dies at 55
  • 1905-02-04 Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1905-04-04 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 73

Famous Sculptors