The Legend of the Peter the Great´s Heart Shaped Pupils
Muirhead, J. Fraser
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The bust of Peter the Great created by Marie-Anne Collot, a young Frenchwoman, assistant to Etienne-Maurice Falconet, has heart shaped pupils. These resemble posterior synechiae. Collot began an apprentice ship with Falconet when she was 16 years old and he, 48. She was exceptionally talented. He took her with him to Saint Petersburg to help create Catherine the Great's massife monument to her predecessor, Peter the Great. Collot lived with Falconet nearly every year from the time she joined his atelier until his death. This intimate relationship led to a legend that holds the bust’s heart shaped p upils represent Collot’s romantic love for him. This legend will be analyzed in this paper.
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