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Phaedre, Having Declared Her Passion, Attempts to Kill Herself with the Sword of Hippolytus

A work made of pen and brush and black and brown wash and graphite, heightened with white gouache on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brush and black and brown wash and graphite, heightened with white gouache on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1801

Artist:

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
French, 1767-1824

About this artwork

This drawing of a scene from the tragedy Phaedra was for a deluxe edition of the plays of the French dramatist Jean Racine (1639–1699) illustrated by Jacques-Louis David’s pupil Girodet. The moment depicted is Phaedra’s attempted suicide after her stepson, Hippolytus, rejects her amorous advances. About his drawings for the plays of Racine, Girodet wrote: “It is wrong that drawings are seen as mere drawings; they demand the same conception and almost as much study as a painting.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Title

Phaedre, Having Declared Her Passion, Attempts to Kill Herself with the Sword of Hippolytus

Origin

France

Date

1796–1806

Medium

Pen and brush and black and brown wash and graphite, heightened with white gouache on cream laid paper

Dimensions

345 × 242 mm

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment

Reference Number

1997.303

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