The Teaching of Love
12 1/2 x 9 3/8 x 10 in. (31.8 x 23.8 x 25.4 cm)
(1716 - 1791)
Medium and Support:
Soft paste porcelain
Bertha Buswell Bequest
Location: Currently on view
Falconet, a leading sculptor of the reign of Louis XV, was a director of the royal ceramic works at Sèvres. His main production was the biscuit statuette, which substitutes "soft paste" for the kaolin clay of "true" porcelain. Falconet took advantage of the milky, marble-like surface to create engaging figural groups of pure form and refined rococo detail.
"The Teaching of Love" may be derived from a composition by François Boucher. Falconet has transformed the painter's design into a complex three-dimensional ensemble of delicate beauty that invites the viewer to enjoy it from multiple angles.
[Gallery label text, 2008]
Bertha Hochstetter (Mrs. Henry) Buswell, Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941; lifetime interest held by her brother, Ralph Hochstetter, Buffalo, NY, until his death in 1955, when it passed to the Gallery
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Article Title: The November Exhibitions: The Buswell-Hochstetter Collections.
Article Scope: Article.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 21,
Issue Number: 2.
Issue Date: November-December, 1955.
Article Scope: Mention.
Magnum Opus: The Story of the Memorial Art Gallery, 1913-1988.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1988.
Article Author: MacKnight, Vicki.
Article Title: Untitled Poem.
Article Scope: Poetry.
Community Voices in the Gallery: a Collection of Writings by Members of our Community Inspired by Works of Art at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 2009.
Page Number: 36
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