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

In 1795 Girodet began to produce drawings for book plates for the Didot publishing firm, and he executed 10 drawings for an illustrated edition of the works of the great French dramatist Jean Racine. This study shows Phaedra, believing her husband King Theseus to be dead, divulging her love for her chaste stepson Hippolytus, who rejected her even when she threatened to kill herself.

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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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