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Creator Name: Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, Anne-Louis
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1767 - 1824
Creator Name-CRT: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Title: The Revolt of Cairo, 1798
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1820
Creation Date: c. 1810
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 15.2cm x 23.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1965.310
Credit Line: Gift of Eugene Victor Thaw
Context: The triumphs of Napoleon were endlessly celebrated in the art and literature of his time. In 1798, Napoleon led the French army into Egypt, swiftly conquering Alexandria and Cairo. However, in October of that year, an uprising by the people of Cairo surprised the French forces. The French commander was killed, but the revolt was swiftly controlled. Girodet shows the end of the conflict, when the Egyptian rebels were cornered in the Grand Mosque. Brandishing a sword, a French soldier leaps from the left toward an Egyptian rebel who holds his dying comrade.This painting is a preliminary study for a much larger picture now in the palace of Versailles.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1965.310
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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