Artist: Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, Montargis 1767–1824 Paris)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 23 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (60.3 x 49.5 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Gifts of Joanne Toor Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, Raymonde Paul, and Estate of Dorothy Lichtensteiger, by exchange, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.101
This work, one of Girodet’s last, betrays the meticulous technique characteristic of the neoclassicism of his teacher, Jacques-Louis David, as well as the perfected forms of the Florentine Renaissance. Letters exchanged between Girodet and the sitter indicate that they knew each other well, and that every detail of the portrait was worked out beforehand. Madame Reizet’s husband was a prominent government official; her son, Marie-Frédéric de Reiset, was a curator at the Louvre who later became director of the French National Museums.