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If American portraitist, Gilbert Stuart, became famous for painting George Washington, then French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon, became the equivalent with his startling sculpture of Voltaire. One might wonder why Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher, would sit for the artist Houdon, the foremost Neoclassical sculptor during the reign of King Louis XVI. And, just how did Houdon, the darling of the French aristocracy, manage to keep his wits (and his head!) during and after the French Revolution? Join Docent Linda Nowlin in an exploration of this Neoclassical sculpture, Voltaire, the artist Houdon, and the Stegall Gallery.
Image credit: Jean-Antoine Houdon, Voltaire, 1781. Plaster. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum. Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Lorenz Anderman, 1978.