Getty Director Thomas Crow Discusses Jacques-Louis David at the Clark June 23

For Immediate Release

June 14, 2005

On Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m., Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute, will offer a lecture in connection with the Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile exhibition. Crow’s lecture, “The Imagination of Exile in Jacques-Louis David’s ‘Anger of Achilles’,” will be followed by a public reception. The lecture and reception are free.

Crow will explore the social, cultural, and imaginative experiences that shaped David's life as a political exile in Brussels at the end of his life which impacted the creation of his powerful evocation of epic conflict in one of the most compelling of his late history paintings, Anger of Achilles, 1819, on exhibition at the Clark.

Crow’s work has been fundamental to the revitalization of the study of David’s work in the last 20 years. He is a preeminent scholar of 18-century French painting, whose studies of David and his studio in Painters and Public life in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Yale University Press, 1985) and Emulation (Yale University Press, 1995) have helped to transform the field. He has also published widely on modern and contemporary art and is the author of the widely acclaimed Modern Art in the Common Culture (Yale University Press, 1996) and The Intelligence of Art (University of North Carolina Press, 2000).

The lecture is a prelude to the Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile Clark/Getty Symposium. Held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, the symposium is $40 (or $25 per day) for the general public and $20 (or $15 per day) for students and members of the Clark. The symposium was organized and sponsored jointly by the Clark’s Research and Academic Program and the Getty Research Institute. For more information or to register, call 413-458-0460 or visit

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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