Sunday, May 9, 2010

Restoration of Houdon's Ecorche by Michael Keropian

Michael Keropian is an accomplished sculptor who was commissioned to undertake a restoration of Houdon's Ecorche at the National Academy of Design. The progress of the work is shown at his website on this page: Houdon's L'Ecorche Restoration and Casts. Also check out his home page for links to his other work. The plaster cast at the academy was missing arms. He was unable to find the left arm so he sculpted a new version but posed it differently to differentiate it from the original.

He has other anatomical sculptures including a version of "L'Ecorche Combatant" by Eugene Caudron, a crouching figure, and studies of hands and feet.

The original by Houdon from which has a post with lots of information about Houdon's original including a picture of it in L'École des Beaux Arts.

The Art Student's Guide To The Proportions Of The Human FormMichael Keropian is another sculptor who values The Sculptor and Art Student's Guide to the Proportions of the Human Form, "Thanks for making the books available, an invaluable resource!"

Ecorchés : L'Exploration du corps XIVe - XVIII siècle
Ecorchés : L'Exploration du corps XIVe - XVIII siècle


  1. This is a new link for my Houdon L'Ecorche page, the old one may be up for some time but will eventually be removed.

  2. Thanks for the update. Great work.


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