Anne-Louis Girodet

Portrait of Joachim Murat

Portrait of Joachim Murat
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Author: Anne-Louis Girodet
Painting, Oil on canvas, 41x33 cm
Origin: France, First half of the 19th century

Joachim Murat , was a comrade-in-arms of Napoleon Bonaparte; from 1805 he was Marechal of France and from 1808 King of Naples. The Hermitage canvas is a sketch for Girodet's painting Napoleon Receiving the Keys of the City of Vienna, 13 November 1805 . The portrait of Murat is marked by a fine depiction of the physical characteristics of the face and at the same time by great emotional expressiveness. Murat's outwardly static profile is filled with inner tension, the clear, direct gaze giving away the strength of will, decisiveness, bravery and temperament of one of the main figures in the Napoleonic era.

Style: Neo-Classicism
Source of entry: via the State Museum Fund from the collection of Grand Duke Nikolay Mikhaylovich, 1922
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

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