A clergyman, dressed in vestments and a golden cloak, stands in a space resembling a castle courtyard, surrounded by prisoners and torturers. Historical subjects, like this scene apparently inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, were valued by France’s official art establishment, but less popular in avant-garde circles that promoted images of modern life. The sketchy brushwork and lack of detail suggest the painting was made as a study for a larger work.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||33 7/8 x 25 11/16 in. (86 x 65.3 cm) Frame: 38 1/2 x 28 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (97.8 x 73.3 x 3.5 cm)|
|Acquisition||Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009|
Henri Regnault, Scene from the Spanish Inquisition, c. 1868–70, Oil on canvas. Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009. The Clark Art Institute, 2009.12.4.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
[Julius H. Weitzner, New York and London];¹ Joseph F. McCrindle, New York and London (d. 2008); Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, New York (2008–9, given to the Clark); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2009.
1. According to the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, Joseph F. McCrindle’s grandmother, Edith Mosler Feder, owned a Regnault. The subject and title of Feder’s Regnault is unknown. It is possible that this is the same picture now at the Clark. See the Clark’s curatorial file.