BOURDIN, Michel
(b. ca. 1585, Orléans, d. 1645, Paris)

Biography

French sculptor. He is best known as a sculptor of tombs and altar decorations although little of his work survives intact.

He was the father of the sculptor Michel Bourdin II (1609-1678), and produced several works in collaboration with his son, like the tomb of Charles de Fresnoy (Oise Departmental Museum, Beauvais), and the tomb of Jacques Douglas (Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris). He created several sculptures for the Cathedral Sainte-Croix in Orléans.

He settled in Paris around 1609. He was charged by Louis XIII to execute a new tomb for King Louis XI in the church of Notre-Dame de Cléry (1622). The old tomb, realized by Conrad of Cologne in 1482, was destroyed in 1562 during the wars of religion. The original bronze sculpture is this time made of stone.

In 1620, he produced two wooden sculptures of Saint Gervais and Saint Protais for the Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais of Paris. He is also the author of a bust of Henry IV, carved around 1610 (Paris, Musée Carnavalet).