Sunday 22 November 2015

Louis Royer, 1793–1868 (Flemish sculptor)

* During his lifetime Louis Royer (AKA Lodewyk Royer) was the most important sculptor in the Netherlands. He was known as the "Canova of the Netherlands" and later was simply referred to as "the sculptor."

In 1823, Royer was the first sculptor to win the Dutch version of the Dutch Prix de Rome, which allowed him to study in Rome where he came under classicist influences. He gained a lot of admiration for his portrait of Pope Leo XII, whom he portrayed from life.

In 1827, he returned from Rome and settled in The Hague, an important artistic centre after the royal family had moved there from Amsterdam. He was soon appointed court sculptor and he made portraits of all members of the royal family in busts of marble. Shortly afterwards he was also appointed director of the Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam.

After moving to Amsterdam in 1837, Royer received many public commissions for statues of leading personalities from Dutch history, such as the statues of Rembrandt and Joost van den Vondel in Amsterdam, William the Silent in The Hague and Michiel de Ruyter in Vlissingen.

He died in Amsterdam on 5 June 1868.


BIRTH DATA: 1 August 1793 NS, 22:00 (10pm) LMT (-0:17:52), Mechelen, Belgium (51n02, 4e28). ASC: 24 Aries. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Bulletin du Cercle archeologique, litteraire et artistique de Malines, Volume 15 (H. Dessain, 1905), p. 202: "De meest geraadpleegde kunstgeschiedboeken geven een verkeer den geboortedatum van hem op. Hij kwam ter wereld te Mechelen, den 1" Augustus 1793, ten 10 uur des avonds."

Translation: "The most consulted art history books frequently discuss his birth. He was born in Mechelen on the 1st of August 1793 at 10 o'clock in the evening."

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