Before and after Napoleon: Portraits of a Pope by David, Ingres and Lawrence


WHEN : 25th March, 6:30pm
WHERE : Lecture Theatre (348), Physiology Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia campus

Tracing representations of Pope Pius VII from the time of Napoleon’s ascendancy to the triumph of traditional authority in Europe after 1815, this talk will look at the work of J.L. David in the time of Napoleonic ascendancy to that of J.A.D. Ingres during the endgame of 1814, to the underestimated work of society portraitist Thomas Lawrence as the painter who reckoned most directly with the fact and idea of a post-revolutionary Restoration. The previously stay-at-home Lawrence found himself a player on an international stage. For other artists, David and Ingres conspicuously among them, both the turmoil of Napoleonic warfare and its untidy aftermath displaced and upended careers, while at the same time generating new networks and artistic possibilities.

Professor Thomas Crow is Provostial Fellow and the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Most recently, he served as Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Previously, Professor Crow taught at the Universities of Yale, Sussex, Princeton and Michigan. He is the author of many books, including ‘Modern Art in the Common Culture’ (1996); ‘The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent’ (1996, 2005) and ‘Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France’ (1995). His numerous journal articles include: ‘The Practice of Art History in America’ in ‘Daedalus’ (Spring 2006) and ‘Marx to Sharks: The Art-Historical ‘80s’ in ‘Artforum’ (2003).

RSVP by Thursday 21 March
(07) 3365 3046

Light refreshments will be served, after the lecture, in the foyer of the UQ Art Museum. Our current exhibition ‘Ten Years of Things’ will be open for viewing.


Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
‘Pope Pius VII’ 1819
oil on canvas
269.4 x 178.3 cm
Royal Collection Trust
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

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