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Rousseau, After Antoine Houdon
On grey veined marble bases
Size: 23cm high – 9 ins high
The movement against established beliefs and institutions gained momentum throughout the 18th century under Voltaire and Rousseau. Through the publication of the Encylopédie (1731-76) their attacks on the government, the church and the judiciary provided the intellectual basis for the French Revolution.
Both Rousseau and Voltaire are interred in the Panthéon in Paris directly opposite one another. Rousseau’s tomb is designed to resemble a rustic temple recalling his theories of nature. Voltaire is remembered and honoured in France as a courageous polemicist who fought for civil rights, and he lives on through his sayings: ‘If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him’.
|Height||23.00 cm||(9.06 inches)|