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Robert Fulton, about 1804, Marble
Jean-Antoine Houdon, French, 1741-1828
This sculpture of American inventor Robert Fulton follows the example of ancient Greek and Roman portrait busts, conveying a true likeness and also suggesting Fulton’s virtues.
The furrowed lines on the forehead and intense gaze convey the fierce intelligence of the man who invented the steamship and engineered the Erie Canal.

Robert Fulton, about 1804, Marble

Jean-Antoine Houdon, French, 1741-1828

This sculpture of American inventor Robert Fulton follows the example of ancient Greek and Roman portrait busts, conveying a true likeness and also suggesting Fulton’s virtues.

The furrowed lines on the forehead and intense gaze convey the fierce intelligence of the man who invented the steamship and engineered the Erie Canal.

Daphnis and Chloe, about 1824, oil on canvas
Francois Gerard, French, 1770-1837
In this painting, two shepherds have fallen in love. Chloe rests her head on Daphnis’s knees as he fashions a flower wreath for her.
The artist draws from his knowledge of ancient art to depict the clothing on these characters from an ancient Greek epic. He also creates an idyllic landscape, reflecting the Europen admiration for the ancient world.

Daphnis and Chloe, about 1824, oil on canvas

Francois Gerard, French, 1770-1837

In this painting, two shepherds have fallen in love. Chloe rests her head on Daphnis’s knees as he fashions a flower wreath for her.

The artist draws from his knowledge of ancient art to depict the clothing on these characters from an ancient Greek epic. He also creates an idyllic landscape, reflecting the Europen admiration for the ancient world.

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, 1822, Oil on canvas
Robert-Jacques-Francois Lefevre, French, 1755-1830
An accomplished French silversmith
The painter celebrates Odiot’s accomplishments by including the silversmith’s drawings and finshed metalwork in the portrait. One drawing includes an inscription stating that Odiot worked for the French royal family.
In the cases to either side of the portrait are serving pieces produced by Odiot and his workshop. The pieces are part of a set acquired by a Russian prince.
Odiot specialized in the neoclassical style, characterized by streamlined forms. In these ojects, notice the clean lines and ornamental motifs such as leaf patterns that were borrowed from ancient Greek archictecture.

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, 1822, Oil on canvas

Robert-Jacques-Francois Lefevre, French, 1755-1830

An accomplished French silversmith

The painter celebrates Odiot’s accomplishments by including the silversmith’s drawings and finshed metalwork in the portrait. One drawing includes an inscription stating that Odiot worked for the French royal family.

In the cases to either side of the portrait are serving pieces produced by Odiot and his workshop. The pieces are part of a set acquired by a Russian prince.

Odiot specialized in the neoclassical style, characterized by streamlined forms. In these ojects, notice the clean lines and ornamental motifs such as leaf patterns that were borrowed from ancient Greek archictecture.