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François Girardon

Girardon, François (fräNswäˈ zhērärdôNˈ) [key], 1628–1715, French sculptor. Chancellor Séguier sent him to study in Paris with François Anguier and later to Rome. On his return he was commissioned with much of the decorative sculpture in the gardens of Versailles under the direction of Le Brun. He is best known for his Tomb of Richelieu at the Sorbonne. His famous equestrian statue of Louis XIV was destroyed in the Revolution.

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