The Mourning of Pallas

Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson French

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Luxury-book publishing flourished in the years following the French Revolution. This design for an illustration in Pierre Didot the Elder’s 1798 edition of the works of Virgil depicts the death of Pallas, an episode in the Aeneid. The elderly Acoetës, who famously warned of the Trojan horse, grieves over the dead body, while Aeneas comforts Pallas’s son Iulus in the foreground. The composition is a clear homage to Andromache Mourning Hector (1783), a painting by Girodet’s teacher, Jacques Louis David. The sheet also showcases Girodet’s exquisite technique, evident here in the modeling of flesh, drapery, and armor as well as the ethereal effects of moonlight and smoke.

The Mourning of Pallas, Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, Montargis 1767–1824 Paris), Pen and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, heightened with white

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