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JEAN BAPTISTE BOUDARD (Paris 1710 - Sala Baganza 1768)


Boudard Jean-Baptiste, sculptor (Paris 1710-Sala Baganza, Parma 1768). When he was only 22 years old he won the Prix de Rome. As he wasn't enrolled in the Académie de France in Paris, in all probability he had been attending an artist workshop as an apprentice.

His first clay works go back to the years between 1733 and 1740, when he occasionally stayed in Rome. In 1748 he entered in Chambéry the court of Infante Don Felipe of Bourbon, who would later move his seat to the Duchy of Parma as a consequence of Aquisgrana Treaty.

When he first arrived to town he organized a workshop and studio able to face the court's commissions, but it was only in 1753 that he was involved in the project of reconstruction of the Ducal Park, which had been entrusted by prime minister Du Tillot to the French architect and military engineer Alexandre Ennemond Petitot. The joint work of these two artists led to great results both in town and in the palace of Colorno. Here, Petitot was engaged in solving the lack of balance between the palace and the garden, while Boudard took care of the stucco works in the Grande Salle and of clay sculptures for the Venerie palace, devoted to hunting pastime.

When he went back to Parma, between 1754 and 1765, Boudard carved the marble statues for the Ducal Park, among which: Bacchus, Ariadne, Zephyrus, Flora (1754), Apollo (1755), the series of big vases and the Silenus and Egle marble group (1765).

Boudard became a parmesan citizen in 1765, but it was only in 1769 that he was appointed first sculptor of the court and supervisor for the Duke of all carving and decoration works.