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Gericault in Italy
Wheelock Whitney
November 1997
From Library Journal
The 25-year-old French painter Theodore Gericault was already a gold medal winner at the 1812 Paris Salon and would soon acquire fame for his 1819 "Raft of the Medusa" when he traveled to Italy in 1816 to experience ancient and Renaissance art. The drawings and paintings from that year-long sojourn are significant because they represent a pivotal point in a major artist's tragically short life?he died at age 32 of a tubercular spinal infection. This scholarly book analyzes individual examples of Gericault's developing Romantic style by examining thematic and technical influences from the classical and neoclassical past, his contemporary world, and sculpture as well as painting. Art historian Whitney began researching Gericault for a doctoral thesis at the Courtauld Institute. Since he focuses on just one year in...

Raft of the Medusa: Gericault, Art, and Race
Albert Alhadeff
October 2002
Book Description
In this dramatic reexamination of one of the most influential paintings of the Romantic era, Albert Alhadeff shows how Géricault’s seminal canvas was a reflection of early abolitionist sentiment, as well as one of the first uses, in European art, of a black figure to symbolize the hopes of all humanity. Based on a controversial and politically charged event, The Raft of the Medusa is Théodore Géricault’s most ambitious work. The painting depicts the wreck of a French government ship off the West African coast, and its passengers’ desperate struggle to survive. Since its unveiling in 1819, this masterpiece has been decried and admired for its unrelenting realism and for its ground-breaking portrayal of the ship’s survivors. Here Alhadeff revises the standard reading of The Raft as a...

Victorian Visitors: Culture Shock in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Rupert Christiansen
September 2002
From Publishers Weekly
"I find it impossible to imagine anything more repugnant than the real genuine Englishman," averred the celebrated German composer Richard Wagner upon his first visit to London in 1855. Yet, as Christiansen (Prima Donna; Romantic Affinities) ably demonstrates, English culture in the Victorian era was transformed and infinitely enriched by the presence of foreigners on British soil. Consisting primarily of narrative accounts of the visits made to England between 1820 and 1914 by a series of notable outsiders from the French painter G‚ricault to Ralph Waldo Emerson to a team of Aboriginal Australian cricketeers to ballet dancers from the Continent and the States this is a lively tale of the ongoing culture clash between visitors and visited; sometimes it is gentle or even imperceptible, other times profound or...

European Drawings: Catalogue of the Collections, Vol. 4
Nicholas Turner
January 2002
Book Description
This fourth volume of the catalogue of the Getty's drawings collection reproduces and describes all the works acquired by the museum from 1995 to 1998, a time when particular emphasis was placed on strengthening the collections of French drawings.
Included in this volume are Edouard Manet's Bullfight (ca. 1864), a self-portrait by a young Edgar Degas, Nicolas Puossin's Path Leading into a Forest Clearing, and A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child by her Side by Thomas Gainsborough. Also catalogued are a Degas sketchbook and a notebook by
Theodore Gericault.

About the Author
Nicholas Turner was curator of drawings at the Getty Museum from 1994 to 1998.

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University
Stephan Wolohojian (Editor)
March 2003
Book Description
Grenville L. Winthrop (1864–1943) was a lawyer and banker by profession, but his true passion was collecting art. He had the resources, the intuition, and talented advisers to help him create a collection that is distinct not only in its depth and breadth, but also in its quality. The Winthrop Collection of French, British, and American art includes the best group of Delacroix and Ingres drawings outside of France, the most significant group of pre-Raphaelite paintings outside of Britain, and a world-renowned collection of Sargent watercolors. Some seventy paintings and twice as many drawings and watercolors by more than fifty French, British, and American artists will be featured in this selection from the legendary Winthrop Collection, bequeathed in 1943 to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University....

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