David after David Essays on the Later Work Mark Ledbury

Publication date:
16 Nov 2007
Clark Art Institute
376 pages: 241 x 165mm
135 b-w + 15 color illus.


With essays by Valérie Bajou, Philippe Bordes, Thomas Crow, Michael Fried, Tom Gretton, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Stéphane Guégan, Daniel Harkett, Godehard Janzing, Dorothy Johnson, Mehdi Korchane, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Issa Lampe, Mark Ledbury, Simon Lee, Heather McPherson, David O’Brien, Satish Padiyar, Todd Porterfield, Susan L. Siegfried, and Helen Weston 

    Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), the most celebrated painter of his era, was appointed court painter to Napoleon in 1804 and exiled to Brussels in 1816. This important book––based on the proceedings of an international symposium––explores David’s grand projects of the Empire period and the often mysterious works produced in his last years as a political exile.
David after David features twenty-one essays by leading art historians that discuss these later works––which include innovative portraits as well as paintings and drawings that address the opposing themes of the antique and modern––in the aesthetic, political, and social contexts of their production and reception. The book also draws upon recently discovered letters the artist wrote in exile and provides fascinating new perspectives into his life and art.

Mark Ledbury is associate director of the Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.