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The Legacy of Homer

<P>Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)<EM>Andromache Mourning Hector</EM>Morceau de R&eacute;ception &agrave; l’Acad&eacute;mie, 1783Oil on canvasPhoto courtesy of Dahesh Museum of Art</P>

Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
Andromache Mourning Hector
Morceau de Réception à l'Académie, 1783
Oil on canvas
Photo courtesy of Dahesh Museum of Art

The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
NEW YORK  •  Dahesh Museum of Art  •  Ongoing

Presented first in Paris in autumn 2004, some 133 objects are divided between The Dahesh Museum of Art and Princeton University Art Museum. Organized by École curator Dr. Emmanuel Schwartz, and coordinated at the Dahesh by Dr. Roger Diederen, this project explores the impact of the renowned Greek poet Homer upon visual artists of the 17th-, 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century France by examining the Écoleís little-known, collection of paintings and sculptures.

Franceís leading art school was once widely known to possess a collection as fine as the Louvreís. The names in the checklist include David, Ingres, David díAngers, Rude, Flandrin, Regnault, and Carpeaux, to name a few. The Dahesh presentation features Jacques-Louis Davidís Andromache Mourning Hector (usually on loan to the Louvre), along with 19 of Honoré Daumierís lithographs spoofing Homeric characters, displayed in an original 19th-century cabinet with revolving, doublesided frames.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 384-page catalogue, co-published by the Dahesh and Princeton with Yale University Press.

Dahesh Museum of Art Web Site

Contact: 580 Madison Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets)
New York, NY 10022

Tel: (1) 212 759 06 06

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