Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson / Academic Study of a Male Head / 1817Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Academic Study of a Male Head

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Creator Name: Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, Anne-Louis
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1767 - 1824
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Title: Academic Study of a Male Head
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1817
Creation End Date: 1817
Creation Date: 1817
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: charcoal, white and black chalk, stumping, on tan laid paper
Dimensions: H.7-5/8 x W.7-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 86.39
Credit Line: Gift of Funds from an Anonymous Donor, the Print and Drawing Council and the Fiduciary Fund

A pupil of Jacques-Louis David, Girodet received rigorous neoclassical, artistic instruction at the Royal Academy. However, during the reign of Napoleon, he achieved fame as a painter of pre-Romantic battle scenes and apotheoses of the Imperial army.

The present study of a head reflects the artist's Romantic sensibilities. Although Napoleon was in exile when Girodet executed this drawing in 1817, the model sports a type of Gallic mustache that was popular with the Emperor's corps of body guards; he is not a typical studio model.

Girodet was highly influenced by the treatise Physiognomical Fragments (1775-78) by Johann Kasper Lavater, who claimed that the human face is a mirror of a psycho-spiritual reality. The dramatic, three-quarter profile perspective, which emphasizes the cyclopean eye, heightens the Romantic impact of this head of a fierce and defiant soul.

AMICA ID: MIA_.86.39
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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