Neoclassicism

Jacques-Louis David: Mars Being Disarmed by Venus

Jacques-Louis David: Mars Being Disarmed by Venus

Mars Being Disarmed by Venus is French Neo-classical painter Jacques-Louis David’s final work, painted in 1824, and is indicative of his late departure from his early, more austere, and simple Neoclassical compositions. Indeed, it could be more accurate to call this painting a Romantic work, as it prefers an imprecise location – a temple seemingly …

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Antoine-Jean Gros: Hercules and Diomedes

Antoine-Jean Gros: Hercules and Diomedes

1835’s Hercules and Diomedes is Antoine-Jean Gros‘ final painting and depicts the seventh labor of Hercules who is punishing in kind the cruelty of Diomedes, who fed many strangers to his horses. It is a return to the Neoclassical style of Gros’ teacher Jacques-Louis David with its restrained colors and ancient subject matter. Antoine-Jean Gros’s …

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Jacques-Louis David: The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte

The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte: Jacques-Louis David

This double portrait of The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David was painted in 1821, a number of years after the final deposition of Napoleon in 1815. The painting The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte is of the former Emperor’s two nieces, the daughters of the former King of Spain and Napoleon’s brother …

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Jesus Among the Doctors

Jesus Among the Doctors: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Jesus Among the Doctors is an 1862 religious painting by leading French Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Analysis of Jesus Among the Doctors Here French baroque painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres depicts in his 1862 painting Jesus Among the Doctors a young Christ preaching to elders in the temple in a crowded and richly colored scene. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s …

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Cherubini with the Muse of Lyric Poetry

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Cherubini with the Muse of Lyric Poetry

Cherubini with the Muse of Lyric Poetry by the French Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) is of famous Italian composer Luigi Cherubini accompanied by the figure of his muse or inspiration. It was painted the year of Cherubini’s death in 1842 when Ingres was 62 years of age. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Cherubini with the Muse of …

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Antoine-Jean Gros: Lieutenant Charles Legrand

Lieutenant Charles Legrand: Antoine-Jean Gros

Lieutenant Charles Legrand is an 1810 oil on canvas portrait painting by French Neoclassic artist Antoine-Jean Gros. This is a tribute equestrian portrait of Lieutenant Charles Legrand, the son of General Legrand, who was killed during the Spanish rebellion against Napoleonic rule just two years earlier in 1808. Antoine-Jean Gros’s Lieutenant Charles Legrand is in …

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Johann Zoffany: Elizabeth Farren as Hermione

Elizabeth Farren as Hermione: Johann Zoffany

German painter Johann Zoffany, who worked mainly in England, showcases London-based stage actress Elizabeth Farren as Hermione in Shakespeare’s ‘A winter’s tale’. The picture was painted in 1780 when Zoffany was 47 years of age. This large painting (2.5 meters high) is currently on display in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.