In a celebrated passage from his Histoire de la Révolution Française, French historian Jules Michelet asserts that the revolution left no lasting monuments, only empty space. Pierre-Jean David d'Angers, arguably the greatest sculptor of the early nineteenth century, made it his life's work to fill that void. This lecture will follow David's attempts to reinvigorate and adapt the notion of a historical monument to the new social and political landscape of modernity.
Emerson Bowyer is a guest curator of the exhibition on the work of David d"Angers at The Frick Collection. He was The Frick's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow. A Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, he is currently writing a dissertation on numismatic representation in nineteenth-century France. His publications include "Monographic Impressions," in Reconsidering Gérôme (Getty Publications, 2010) and a review of Victor Stoichita's The Pygmalion Effect: From Ovid to Hitchcock (Visual Resources 26:2 ). Most recently, he edited and introduced a special issue of Grey Room (48, Summer 2012. Special Issue, "Multiplying the Visual: Image and Object in the Nineteenth Century"), focused on nineteenth-century technologies of reproduction. - See more at: http://www.frick.org/person/bowyer#sthash.iK9JtVEu.dpuf