Léon Pallière (1787–1820) in His Room at the Villa Medici, Rome

Jean Alaux French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

Pallière and Alaux received the Prix de Rome for history painting in 1812 and 1815, respectively. As a young pensionnaire (resident) at the Villa Medici, seat of the French Academy in Rome, Alaux painted a group of portraits of fellow laureates in their private rooms. Both the intimacy of the scene and its subject—an artist in his studio—capture the emerging Romantic sensibility.

Léon Pallière (1787–1820) in His Room at the Villa Medici, Rome, Jean Alaux (French, Bordeaux 1786–1864 Paris), Oil on canvas

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