Houdon and Clodion are among the greatest French sculptors of the late eighteenth century, as well as the creators of works featured in the Frick's special exhibition Enlightenment and Beauty. As students in Rome in the 1760s, both were schooled in Greek and Roman culture and studied vast collections of antiquities. Yet what they absorbed from their training and the paths they chose to follow were quite different. This lecture will explore the sculptors' respective sources of inspiration and patronage.
―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
This special seminar is taught by Anne L. Poulet, Director Emerita. Ms. Poulet joined The Frick Collection as director in October 2003, and has had thirty years of experience in the art world. For two decades she ran the department of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she is currently curator emeriti. Ms. Poulet was curator of the much-praised Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828): Sculptor of the Enlightenment, which opened in May 2003 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.