Eu, Seine-Maritime 1612 or 1614 - Paris 1686

Cérès éplorée

Weeping Ceres or Ceres searching for Persephone

designed in 1652, cast probably 1652-1670s



Dimensions (HxWxD): 21 14 x 11 x 9 78 in.

on top of base next to left foot, in red: 93A

Acc. No.: 1989.44.1

Credit Line: Patrons' Permanent Fund

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist:


  • 1985, 10 May, New York, Sotheby's sale, n. 204 (Purchased by Michael Hall Fine Arts, New York)
  • New York, Michael Hall Fine Arts
  • 1989, 8 September, Purchased by National Gallery of Art, Washington


  • Museum's website, 19 July 2011
  • 1966 Radcliffe
    Anthony Radcliffe, European Bronze Statuettes, London, 1966, p. 109, pl. VII
  • 1971 Düsseldorf
    Europäische Barockplastik am Niederrhein. Grupello und seine Zeit, Düsseldorf, 1971, p. 351-352, n. 320, pl. 209
  • 1973 Souchal
    François Souchal, "La Collection du Sculpteur Girardon d'après son inventaire après décès", Gazette des Beaux-Arts, n° 82, juillet-août 1973, p. 17, 50
  • 1976 Wardropper
    Ian Wardropper, " Michel Anguier's Series of Bronze Gods and Goddesses: A Re-examination", Marysas 18, 1976, p. 23-36
  • 1985 Faith
    Nicholas Faith, Sold: The Rise and Fall of the House of Sotheby, New York, 1985
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An illustrated catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 22, repr.
  • 2008 Penny
    Nicholas Penny, "The Evolution of the Plinth, Pedestal, and Socle", in Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe. Nicholas Penny and Eike D. Schmidt, eds., Studies in the History of Art 70, Symposium Papers 47 (2008), p. 480 n. 57
  • 2010 Warren
    Jeremy Warren, Beauty & Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection [Catalogue of the Peter Marino Collection, Vol. 1], London, 2010, p. 150-157, fig. 2


  • 2008-2009 Paris/New York/Los Angeles
    Bronzes français de la Renaissance au Siècle des Lumières, dirigé par Geneviève Bresc-Bautier et Guilhem Scherf, avec James David Draper pour la version anglaise, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 22 octobre 2008-19 janvier 2009 ; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24 février-24 mai 2009 ; Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 30 juin-27 septembre 2009, Musée du Louvre Editions / Somogy Editions d'Art, 2008, n° 57, repr.

    2008-2009 Paris/New York/Los Angeles
    Cast in Bronze. French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Edited by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Guilhem Scherf, with James David Draper for the English-language edition, Paris, Musée du Louvre, October 22, 2008-January 19, 2009; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 24-May 24, 2009; Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, June 30-September 27, 2009, Musée du Louvre Editions / Somogy Editions d'Art, 2008, no. 57, p. 210-211, entry by Ian Wardropper (exhibited in Paris and New York)

Related works

  • Bronze by Anguier, Ceres, about 1700, M.1-1970, after the model of 1652 (NGA Washington, 1989.44.1), in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
    Bronze by Anguier, Ceres, bronze, after 1652, n. 85'65, in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    Bronze attributed to Arnold Houbraken, after Michel Anguier, Ceres, red chalk, c. 1675-1719, in the British Museum, London.
    The only other cast of Ceres featuring a square base, late 18th century, 54.696, in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.


  • Curatorial file in NGA, 21 July 2011:
    In 1652, shortly after his return from Rome, Michel Anguier made a set of models for six or seven bronze statuettes of the Olympian gods.