Publisher description for The legacy of Homer : four centuries of art from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris / Emmanuel Schwartz ; with contributions by George Steiner and Philippe Senechal.


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From its founding in 1648, the Acade;mie royale de peinture et de sculpture and its successor, the e;cole nationale supe;rieure des beaux-arts in Paris, were devoted to the Greek model. Mythology and poetry, along with the study of sculpture, were the foundations of academic teaching there. As a result, Greek gods and heroes were reborn in innumerable works by pupils and teachers of the e;cole. This lavishly illustrated book explores the impact of the poet Homer on four centuries of French artists through the lens of the e;cole’s superb collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures.
The e;cole was the most important venue for academic training of artists in Europe as well as for many nineteenth-century American artists who studied in Paris, including Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent. The e;cole’s collections—which feature works by great artists who were first students and later instructors (François LeMoine, Jacques-Louis David, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)—were intended to enhance students’ taste through study and emulation.
With illuminating texts by prominent French scholars and a preface by George Steiner on the reception of Homer in France, The Legacy of Homer examines the historic and artistic importance of the works housed in the e;cole and pays homage to Homer, the great source that inspired them.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Mythology, Greek, in art -- Exhibitions.
Homer -- Illustrations -- Exhibitions.
Art -- France -- Paris -- Exhibitions.
Ecole nationale sup‚erieure des beaux-arts (France) -- Exhibitions.