Artist Jean-Antoine Houdon, French, 1741-1828
Title
  • Countess Jean Isaac de Thelusson
  • Countess Jean Isaac de Thelusson as a Vestal (alternate title)
Date 1791
Medium bronze
Dimensions Overall: 33 5/8 × 22 7/8 × 10 1/8 inches (85.4 × 58.1 × 25.7 cm)
Overall (bust): 28 1/8 × 22 7/8 × 10 1/8 inches (71.4 × 58.1 × 25.7 cm)
Overall (base): 5 1/4 × 7 3/8 inches (13.3 × 18.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Leslie H. Green
Accession Number 53.276
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Fashionable Living: Kanzler Room S330, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, on back: houdon f. 1791
Mme. Balsan (Paris, France and Palm Beach, Florida, USA);
Leslie H. Green
1953-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
"Madame de Thélusson by Jean Antoine Houdon." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 33, nos. 3/4 (1953–1954): front cover, p. 76.

French Painting and Sculpture of the 18th Century. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1935, no. 14.

Exhibition Honoring Hazel Barker King. Exh. cat., Dudley Peter Allen Memorial Art Museum. Oberlin, 1952, no. 4.

Giacometti, G. Le Statuaire Jean-Antoine Houdon et Son Epoque. Paris, 1918-1919, vol. 1, p. 152; vol. 3, p. 235.

Girod de l'Ain, Gabriel. "Les Thellusson et les Artistes." Geneva, new series, 1956, pp 153-254, fig. 60 (ill.).

Giocometti, G. La Vie et L'oeuvre de Houdon. Paris, 1929, vol. 2, pp. 147-150.

Style, Truth and the Portrait. Exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art. Ohio, no. 62.

Brookner, A. Jacques-Louis David. New York, 1980, p. 94.

French Taste in the Eighteenth Century. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1956, pp. 14 (ill.), 19, no. 18.

Derstine, Andria. "Recent Research on Jean-Marc Nattier's 'Portrait of a Woman as a Vestal Virgin.'" Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 83, no. 1/4 (2009): 22–37, pp. 28.