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Johan Tobias Sergel

Sergel, Johan Tobias (yōˈhän tōbēˈäs sĕrˈyəl) [key], 1740–1814, Swedish sculptor. He studied (1767–79) in Rome, and much of his sculpture is in the neoclassical style. His subjects, other than portraits, are drawn from classical history and mythology. Among his works are Cupid and Psyche and a monument to Gustavus III. He is known also for his lively caricatures and scenes illustrating daily life. In addition to their importance as works of art, these sketches are valuable as a record of late 18th-century Swedish history.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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