MOITTE, Jean-Guillaume
(b. 1746, Paris, d. 1810, Paris)

Cassini

1787 (ordered)
Marble
Observatoire, Paris

The marble full-size statue was completed only posthumously, the plaster model had been shown, and praised, at the Salon of 1789: in style as fully 'engaged' a piece of neo-classicism as David's Brutus of the same year. Moitte himself was no less than David politically engaged as well; his wife was an early patriot, one of the women depositing their jewels at the Bar of the National Assembly in 1789.