Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections
February 24–July 29, 2012
1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C.
Admission: $10; Students $8
Exhibition Catalogue: $45, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781857597431, Scala Publishers 2012
ADHT Professor, Laura Auricchio, is one of the featured contributors to the catalogue accompanying the recently opened exhibition, Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The exhibition displays over 77 paintings, prints and sculptures—many rarely seen—dating between 1750 and 1850, all created by women artists. Featuring a total of 35 artists, including Marguerite Gérard, Antoine Cecile Haudebourt-Lescot, Adélaïde Labille-Guillard, Sophie Rude, Anne Vallayer-Coster, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, the exhibition explores the political and social dynamics that shaped their world and influenced their work. As in the exhibition, the book explores topics ranging from the ways in which women in eighteenth-century France maneuvered through cultural society’s hierarchy to the Revolutionary attitudes towards women artists.