"Jacques-Louis Davis and Francisco de Goya" Top 5 Page for this destination National Gallery of Art Tip by matcrazy1
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There are two works of art in National Art Gallery which are marked as highlights in museum's leaflet:
1. "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries", oil on canvas painted by Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825) in 1812
2. "The Marquesa de Pontejos", oil on canvas painted by Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746 - 1828) probably in 1786.
Jacques-Louis David was a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style. He was born and lived in Paris, then in Rome. He first supported the French Revolution and was a friend of Maximilien de Robespierre. Then he was imprisoned and he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I. However when the Bourbons returned to power after Napoleon's defeat David refused their offer to become a court painter. He preferred instead to seek a self-imposed exile in Brussels. His most famous painting "Oath of the Horatii" I've seen in Musee du Louvre in Paris. I'd like to see his another famous painting "The Death of Socrates" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Francisco de Goya was a portraitist of royalty and chronicler of history who produced painting and prints. He grew up in Fuendetodos (40 km south of Zaragoza). Then he lived in Zaragoza and Madrid. At age 46 Goya became deaf. He bought a house near Manzanares (it's northwest of Madrid, half a way to Segovia), which was known as the Quinta del Sordo ("House of the Deaf"). Then he moved to Paris and Bordeaux, France where he died. I've seen a lot of Goya paintings in the Museo del Prado, in Madrid, including his most famous Nude Maja.
Address: Constitution Ave. & 6th St., Washington, DC
Directions: Metro station: Archives. On southern part of the National Mall, opposite to National Air and Space Museum and west of U.S. Capitol Building. Map here
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