Antoine-Jean Gros / Count Jean-Antoine Chaptal / 1824Antoine-Jean Gros
Count Jean-Antoine Chaptal

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Creator Name: Gros, Antoine-Jean
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1771 - 1835
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Antoine-Jean Gros
Title: Count Jean-Antoine Chaptal
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1824
Creation End Date: 1824
Creation Date: 1824
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 136.5cm x 114.3cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "Gros/1824"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1964.54
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: This portrait commemorates Count Chaptal's long career in public service by showing papers and filing boxes designating various French institutions that he advanced, such as the Museum of the Louvre, hospitals, and prisons. A chemist by training, Chaptal (1756-1832) excelled in applying science to the development of industry and art, serving as minister of the interior, legislator, and member of the Academy of Science, whose embroidered dress suit he wears. Using the old-fashioned portrait format of a man seated at a desk surrounded by symbols of authority, Gros suggests something of his sitter's monumental accomplishments by depicting the count over life size.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1964.54
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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