(b. 1725, Paris, d. 1792, Paris)
Bust of Jean-Philippe Rameau1760
Terracotta, height 75 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon
Jean-Jacques Caffiéri was a member of a French family of sculptors. He and his father Jacques (1678-1755) continued the Louis XV style until the very end of the Ancienne Régime. Jean-Jacques was a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and became an excellent master of the portrait busts.
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) was a French composer of the late Baroque period, best known today for his harpsichord music but in his lifetime also famous as a musical theorist and a composer of operas.
Listen to an example of Rameau's harpsichord music.