CORDIER, Nicolas
(b. ca. 1567, Saint-Mihiel, d. 1612, Roma)

Statue of Henri IV

San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

Cordier also produced models for casting in bronze, which demonstrate both freedom and finesse in their handling. In 1604 he made the grille for the principal altar in St Peter's (in situ, but rearranged). His colossal bronze statues of Henry IV of France (1606-09; Rome, San Giovanni in Laterano) and Paul V (1611-14; Rimini, Piazza Cavour), with their lively gestures and meticulous treatment of contrasting surface detail, are among his most impressive works.