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Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile Hardcover – April 8, 2005


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  • Series: Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st Edition edition (April 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300104472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300104479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,342,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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French art historian Bordes reappraises the later career of David, who achieved early fame with icons of classicism, such as The Death of Socrates (1787). To say David's politics provoked controversy in his lifetime and divisive opinion today puts things mildly: a radical member of the National Convention that condemned Louis XVI, David eventually muted his revolutionary credentials and "made every effort to be designated team captain" of Napoleon's art patronage. Whatever his motivations, David became the leading court painter. Bordes examines David's paintings and drawings of 1800-1825, to be exhibited this summer in Williamstown, Massachusetts. How the images are regarded today, and their past critical reputations, occupy Bordes' scholarly passages, while his biographical chapters are masterfully clear and informative. Technically the most superior images of Napoleon from life, David's paintings of the dictator are the main attraction here but will lead viewers on to appreciate not only David's metier--grand-manner, antiquity-themed scenes such as Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814)--but also his commercial portraits. A fabulous showcase of David's work and changeable renown. Gilbert Taylor
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"...a very readable book for general audiences... [and] a solid scholarly apparatus as well." -- Library Journal

"A beautiful book and a significant contribution to our understanding of David’s place in art history." -- Art Times

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Juan Las Palmas on January 2, 2010
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It is the catalog of a recent exhibition of works of Jacques-Louis David, mostly portraits and drawings, the text presents many details, and illustrations of the portraits are superb.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfred C. Mondello on February 5, 2010
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What a great book, and what a man, survived three dinastes, painted like no other and inspired a nation to glory. Buy it and enjoy a wonderful story.
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9 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. D. LIMA on February 24, 2006
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This excellent book published on the occasion of an exhibition

presents two remarkable personalities of this painter - a celebrated and controversial painter of his time and his connection with Napoleon Buonaparte.The second helped him in the way to the admiration , after a revolutionary republican beginning.The first cannot forget a notable draftman and painter,with followers such as Gros , Ingres,Thévenin,...

Even in the exile,his portraits are precious.Connecting or not

one part of his life as official painter of Napoleon, forgetting

or not his revolutionary starting , David remains ,as Stendhal

defended , the greatest painter of 18th century.
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