Portrait of Mlle. Lange as Danae by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Portrait of Mlle. Lange as Danae by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Portrait of Mlle. Lange (Ms. Lange) as Danae c1799 by French Painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767 – 1824); was a student of Jacques-Louis David (you can see some of his artwork in the collection) and was part of the early Romantic Movement. He is noted for his clear and precise style and for paintings of the Napoleonic family.

This satirical portrait of Miss Lange, a talented actress of the time, known for her beauty and wealthy lovers; was created by Girodet, when she refused to pay him for a portrait of her that she commissioned.

This second portrait he made of her in anger, depicts her as the mythological Danaë (of ancient Greece), the daughter and only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice; as a vain, adulterous and avaricious woman.

She is shown greedily catching gold coins that are showered upon her (the gold represents Zeus, as he transformed himself into a shower of gold); while also showing a large plump turkey wearing a wedding ring, which represents a man she married for his wealth and stature.

One can also see doves that appear to have been tortured, and a head of a man underneath her bed with a gold coin in its eye (maybe it’s one of her wealthy lovers).

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

Girodet was a French painter and pupil of Jacques-Louis David, who participated in the early Romantic movement by including elements of eroticism in his paintings. Girodet is remembered for his precise and clear style and for his paintings of members of the Napoleonic family.

Girodet was born at Montargis. Both of his parents died when he was a young adult. The care of his inheritance and education fell to his guardian, a prominent physician named Benoît-François Trioson, “médecin-de-mesdames”, who later adopted him. The two men remained close throughout their lives and Girodet took the surname Trioson in 1812.

In school he first studied architecture and pursued a military career. He changed to the study of painting under a teacher named Luquin and then entered the school of Jacques-Louis David.

At the age of 22 he successfully competed for the Prix de Rome with a painting of the Story of Joseph and his Brethren.

From 1789 to 1793 he lived in Italy and while in Rome he painted his Hippocrate refusant les presents d’Artaxerxes and Endymion-dormant (now in the Louvre), a work which gained him great acclaim at the Salon of 1793 and secured his reputation as a leading painter in the French school.

Once he returned to France, Girodet painted many portraits, including some of members of the Bonaparte family. In 1806, in competition with the Sabines of David, he exhibited his Scène de déluge (Louvre), which was awarded the decennial prize.

In 1808 he produced the Reddition de Vienne and Atala au tombeau, a work which won immense popularity, by its fortunate choice of subject, François-René de Chateaubriand’s novel Atala, first published in 1801; and its remarkable departure from the theatricality of Girodet’s usual manner. He would return to his theatrical style in La Révolte du Caire (1810).

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