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Sketch for The Revolt of Cairo

A work made of oil and ink on paper, laid down on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil and ink on paper, laid down on canvas.

Date:

About 1810

Artist:

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

About this artwork

This is a preparatory sketch for a monumental painting depicting one of the bloodiest moments of Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt: the suppression of an uprising in Cairo. The conflict included a massacre in the Al-Azhar Mosque of Mamelukes, a military class of enslaved men who occupied much of the Middle East at that time. As there were no surviving eyewitness reports, Girodet was free to interpret the event as he wished, and, as a commission from Napoleon, the painting celebrates the French point of view. Throughout the work, Girodet perpetuates European fantasies of the Middle East as simultaneously opulent and brutal, lavishing attention on Arab and Ottoman turbans, luxurious fabrics, bare flesh, and gore.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Title

Sketch for The Revolt of Cairo

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1805–1815

Medium

Oil and ink on paper, laid down on canvas

Dimensions

12 1/8 × 17 3/4 in. (30.8 × 45.1 cm)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. James W. Alsdorf; Bequest of Luella Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial and Alexander A. McKay endowments

Reference Number

1999.384

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