French sculptor. He studied with Pierre Cartellier
at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, assimilating a classicizing notion of ideal beauty that lasted throughout his career. He won the Prix de Rome in 1817 and in Rome in 1822 carved the marble Dying Eurydice (Paris, Louvre), which made a notable dbut at the Salon of 1824 and later inspired Auguste Clsingers erotic marble Woman Bitten by a Snake (1847; Paris, Muse dOrsay). Nanteuil was an accomplished portrait sculptor, producing many busts, including those of the painter Prudhon (marble, 1828; Paris, Louvre) and of his fellow-fighter against Romanticism , the Neoclassical art critic Quatremère de Quincy (marble, Salon of 1850; Paris, Institut France).
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