PUGET, Pierre
(b. 1620, Marseille, d. 1694, Marseille)

Perseus and Andromeda

1678-84
Marble, height 320 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In 1684, Puget signed his Perseus and Andromeda as "P. Puget Massil[iensis] pic[tor] sc[ulptor] arch[itectus]" which shows his uncompromising professional pride - he was indeed painter, sculptor and architect. It was as a sculptor that Puget managed to display his works at Versailles, including the Milo of Croton that he took ten years to produce, followed by Perseus and Andromeda. The pain and alarm of the former was balanced by the triumphant thrust of the latter.