Among the most famous works of the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), who was famous as one of the most talented portrait makers of his time, there are the portraits of Voltaire, made from different materials and divided into several types. All of them have gained immense popularity and were repeatedly replicated by foundry workers and later copyists of the 19-20th centuries. Considering that, the fact that the bronze bust of Voltaire from the former collection of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum (donated by Justice Adviser Karl Lessing upon the opening of the museum in 1905) was created in the lifetime and with the direct participation of the master is even more remarkable.
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The item participates in the restoration project "Donatello and Other Renaissance Masters".