Fusilier

Metadata

Title

Fusilier

Creator

Luca Madrassi

Date

1885 (circa)

Description

This late 19th-century bronze statuette represents a fusilier in Napoleon's army. Armed with musket and bayonet, the well-equipped soldier wears a tall bearskin hat which is fitted at the front with an eagle badge, and decorated with plume, pom poms, and braided cord. The belt which crosses over the subject's shoulders holds his sword and a cartridge box, which also bears a Napoleonic eagle. Buttoned gaiters, worn to protect the soldier on the march, cover the fusilier's shoes and reach mid thigh. The long skirt of the subject's coat is folded back and hooked up to allow better mobility.

Born in Italy, Luca Madrassi (fl. 1869-1914) studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to his realistic military sculpture, Madrassi was a master of the fantastic, modeling such allegorical subjects as fairies, cupids, satyrs and genies.

Extent

35.5" H

Medium

Bronze

Provenance

Gift of Frances Sabena and Mary Elizabeth Fernley

Collection

General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Identifier

1979.04.01

Rights

http://www.philaathenaeum.org/rights.html