Jacques-Louis David: Empire and Exile

Friday, June 24, 2005 - June 25, 2005

This two-day international Symposium, convened by the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, in association with the Getty Research Institute, was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile (2005). The symposium brought together scholars from Europe and North America to discuss David’s later work.

David’s pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary work has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years, but his grand projects of the Empire period and his fascinating and often mysterious works produced in his last years in Brussels remain less studied. Participants discussed this body of work in the aesthetic, political, and social contexts of its production and reception.

Participants included: Valérie Bajou, Musée National du Château de Versailles, France; Philippe Bordes, Université de Lyon 2, France; Thomas Crow, Getty Research Institute; Daniel Harkett, Columbia University; Godehard Janzing, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; Dorothy Johnson, University of Iowa; Mehdi Korchane, Université de Lyons 2, France; Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University; Issa Lampe, Harvard University; Mark Ledbury, the Clark; Simon Lee, University of Reading; Heather McPherson, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Thomas Gretton, University College London; Stéphane Guégan, Musée d’Orsay, France; David O’Brien, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Satish Padiyar, University College London, UK; Todd Porterfield, University of Montreal, Canada; Susan Siegfried, University of Michigan; Mary Vidal, University of California, San Diego; Helen Weston, University College London


Thursday, June 23

Public Lecture - The Imagination of Exile in Jacques-Louis David’s “Anger of Achilles”
Thomas Crow

Friday, June 24

Spanning the Empire, “Leonidas at Thermopylae” (1800 – 14)

Leonidas at the Crossroads: When Composition Becomes Crucial
Godehard Janzing

Late David: Returns to “Leonidas at Thermopylae"
Satish Padiyar (University College London)

Friends and Enemies in the Empire

Ingres et David: A propos d'un malentendu persistant (Ingres and David: Remarks on a persistent misunderstanding)
Stéphane Guégan

Les destins croisés de David et Guérin du Consulat à l'Empire: mythographi, publicité et concurrence artistique (Intertwined destinies: David and Guérin in the public sphere from the Consulate to the Empire)
Mehdi Korchane

Painting Empire

David sans David: The “Coronation of Napoleon” (1805 - 7)
Todd Porterfield

Painting and Politics in the Empire: "The Distribution of the Eagles" (1808 - 10)
Valérie Bajou

Before and After Empire: Two Portraits

”Madame Récamier" (1800): David's Image of France Reborn at the Turn of the Century
Mary Vidal

”Portrait of Zénaïde and Charlotte and Bonaparte” (1821)
Thomas Gretton

Saturday, June 25

The Artist in Brussels: Thinking and Making

Lines of Thought: David’s Late Drawings
Dorothy Johnson

“Alexander, Apelles, and Campaspe” (1813 - 23)
Helen Weston

Surface and Depth

The Artifice of Antiquity
Susan Siegfried

“Love Leaving Psyche” (1817): Painting an Empire Past
Issa Lampe

Portraits in and of Exile

Exile and Representation: David’s “Sieyes” (1817)
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

End Game and After Image: David’s “Portrait of Alexandre Lenoir” (1817)
Heather McPherson

Brussels and Beyond

Art in Exile: David in Brussels
David O’Brien

Napoleon Amongst the Shopkeepers: David’s 1815 Exhibition in London
Simon Lee

Viewing David in Restoration Paris
Daniel Harkett

After the Exhibitions in Los Angeles and Williamstown
Philippe Bordes