Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

French (1767 - 1824)
Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson Malvina Mourning the death of her Fiancé Oscar About 1802


Born 1767
Died 1824
Nationality French

Girodet had a difficult and at times unpleasant personality, although he was one of the most talented and individual of all Jacques-Louis David’s major pupils. He entered David’s studio in 1784, winning the Prix de Rome in 1789. He left for Rome in 1790, where he began to move away from the strict neo-classicism advocated by David. He was forced to leave Rome on account of anti-French feeling during the Revolution and spent time in Naples, Venice and Genoa, returning to Paris in 1795. He sealed his reputation with the ‘Portrait of Madame Lange as Danaë’ (Institute of Art, Minneapolis) and the ‘Deluge’ (Louvre, Paris). Girodet was also a prolific writer, and his collected works appeared in a posthumous publication of 1829.

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  • In 1765, the Scottish poet-historian James MacPherson published a collection of poems in English called 'The Works of Ossian'. MacPherson claimed that he had translated them from an original ancient manuscript that was written in Scots Gaelic. He stated that the manuscript was the work of the blind poet and warrior Ossian, son of Fingal, supposedly a third century Scottish king. The poems have long been regarded as one of Scotland’s most sensational and controversial literary productions. Debates over the authenticity of the poems persisted, but the controversy actually fuelled their popularity and appeal.