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  • Death of Gaston de Foix in the Battle of Ravenna on 11 April 1512

    Artist:
    Scheffer, Ary. 1795-1858
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    38x46 cm

Scheffer, Ary. 1795-1858

Death of Gaston de Foix in the Battle of Ravenna on 11 April 1512

France, Circa 1824

This sketch for a picture (now in the palace at Versailles) is of high painterly quality. Scheffer took as his subject an episode from the history of France. Nephew to Louis XII, Gaston de Foix (1488-1512) led the French army into Italy and gained fame for his achievements. After the decisive victory in the battle near Ravenna, Gaston chased the retreating enemy but got a fatal wound. Unlike Neoclassical artists, who treated the death of the hero as an example of noble self-sacrifice for the sake of one's native land, Scheffer interprets the death of Gaston not as a panegyric to civil virtue, but as the tragic end to the life of a real individual, a chance victim of fate. Scheffer's sketch marvellously conveys the drama of the event, with its temperamental painterly style, the daring broad brushstrokes and emotionally intense colouring.

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Death of Gaston de Foix in the Battle of Ravenna on 11 April 1512

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oil

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38x46 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3991

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