Head of Vengeance

A work made of black and white chalk, with stumping, and with traces of blue chalk, on blue laid paper (faded to tan).
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  • A work made of black and white chalk, with stumping, and with traces of blue chalk, on blue laid paper (faded to tan).

Date:

c. 1804

Artist:

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
French, 1758-1823

About this artwork

A study for the figure of Divine Vengeance in Prud’hon’s celebrated paintingJustice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime (1808), the head of Vengeance, who pursues Crime as an agent of Justice, brilliantly reflects the artist’s stated aim for the painting: “to give a commotion to the soul.”
Although the drawing’s blue paper has faded almost completely to gray, the work’s expressive power remains intact.

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Artist

Pierre Paul Prud'hon

Title

Head of Vengeance

Origin

France

Date

1799–1809

Medium

Black and white chalk, with stumping, and with traces of blue chalk, on blue laid paper (faded to tan)

Dimensions

508 × 399 mm

Credit Line

Arthur Heun Fund

Reference Number

1952.1111

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