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Art in the Stacks: Current Research in the Fine Arts by Scholars from the Wertheim Study: Mythopoesis in French Neoclassical Painting, 1790-1810


March 23, 2010

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Art & Architecture Collection

In “Mythopoesis in French Neoclassical Painting, 1790-1810,” Katie Hanson addresses amorous Greco-Roman mythological subjects in paintings by Anne-Louis Girodet, Pierre Guérin, and Jacques-Louis David. The paintings will be analyzed to reveal a previously unnoted thematic trend within French Neoclassical Painting. This trend will be contextualized within a revalorization of myth-making in the late eighteenth century that obtains to contemporaneous mythography and theories of allegory in France, as yet overlooked in art-historical scholarship.

Katie Hanson received her Master’s degree in art history from Williams College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center . She has taught art history at City College and at the American University of Paris and has worked in curatorial departments at the Morgan Library & Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She currently holds a CUNY Writing Fellowship.

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