Lecture 17 Late Neoclassicism

Lecture 17 Late Neoclassicism

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Unformatted text preview: ros: The Beginnings of Romanticism Gros: The Beginnings of Romanticism Central episode: Napoleon touching the sore of an afflicted soldier Plague thought to have been disseminated by fear; Napoleon fearless, therefore immune Napoleon as thaumaturgical figure and compassionate leader (miracle healings, healing touch, like Jesus) Idealism and classicism were abandoned in favor of a certain romanticism. In effect, this is suffering in painted form, which was a novelty ­ previously only noble deaths were painted. Conceived to counter allegations that Napoleon ordered the poisoning of his own sick soldiers during retreat Napoleon uses art to commemorate and document his rule, using art to aggrandize himself as a hero home and abroad Girodet­Trioson: A Scene from Girodet­Trioson: A Scene from Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign Anne­Louis Girodet­Trioson, The Revolt of Cairo, 1810, oil o/canvas Girodet was a student of David (Lecture 16) Directory government and Napoleon planned Egyptian campaign as military alternative to invading Great Britain Destruction of French fleet one month after arrival in Egypt by Lord Nelson (French troops stranded) Failed campaign to Holy Land (Palestine), outbreak of the plague Secret escape by Napoleon to France in 1799; return celebrated frenetically; remaining troops in Egypt feel abandoned Girodet­Trioson: A Scene from Girodet­Trioson: A Scene from Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign Scene depicted: Revolt of Cairo against the French organized by Islamic extremists in central mosque of Cairo Girodet’s painting: an “Orientalist” fantasy with tenuous roots in historical reality A single French soldier holds an avalanche of native Mameluke warriors at bay Indulgence in visual appeal of brilliant military costumes, exotic aspects of the subject: shows transition to Romanticism Neoclassicism vs. Romanticism Neoclassicism vs. Romanticism Neoclassicism: Romanticism: Line Color Heroism/Self Sacrifice Sensibility/Self­preservation Classical Antiquity Contemporary and exotic subjects Flawless bodies Death, injury, and physical decay Meticulous brushwork Rapid, cost efficient execution, br...
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