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Fingal Mourning Over the Body of Malvina, from Ossian's Berrathon

A work made of black chalk with brush and black ink and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, on ivory laid paper prepared with a gray wash.
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  • A work made of black chalk with brush and black ink and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, on ivory laid paper prepared with a gray wash.

Date:

c. 1810

Artist:

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

About this artwork

The dazzling, otherworldly, glow-in-the-dark effect Girodet achieved in this drawing is a testament to his extraordinary skill as a draftsman and painter, and to his all-consuming desire to be original.
Girodet illustrates a scene from a poem purportedly written by the ancient Scottish bard, Ossian, whose work was “discovered” and published in the 1760s. A famous literary hoax, the poems took Europe by storm. Here, Ossian’s father Fingal stands before the body of the dead Malvina, while her spirit ascends from the moonlit water behind him. Above Malvina’s body, spirits sparkle like stars.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Title

Fingal Mourning Over the Body of Malvina, from Ossian's Berrathon

Origin

France

Date

1810

Medium

Black chalk with brush and black ink and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, on ivory laid paper prepared with a gray wash

Dimensions

184 × 257 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Celia and David Hilliard in honor of Jay Clarke

Reference Number

2006.412

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