the Story of a Famous Ecorché
In 1767 Houdon installed the colossus marble of San Bruno in its niche, where it remains today. Houdon executed the large statue (3,15 mt.) of St. John the Baptist only in plaster and placing its in its niche before left Rome in 1868.
The plaster model of Houdon’s Saint John the Baptist, Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Houdon’s Ecorché, sketch size.
An historic photo of the famous P.P. Caproni & Bro. plaster manufacturer italian skilled moldamkers. From right the foreman Leonello ‘Leo’ Toschi, Adelino Vanni and Cesare Lucchini. This photo is a gift of my dear friend Margaret Toschi Luppino.
Today, finally, one hundred eighteen years after the beautiful St. John the Baptist by the sculptor, and my dear friend, Giuseppe Ducrot with dignity fills the niche of the architect Vanvitelli. The dialogue with the Houdon’s San Bruno is perfect and the marble statue of over five meters binds to the history of the church completing the work that had begun Jean Antoine Houdon.