16 Works, Today, May 4th. is artist François Gérard’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #123

Francois Gérard (1770–1837)
Ossian Awakening the Spirits on the Banks of the Lora with the Sound of his Harp, c. after 1801

Oil on canvas
184,5 x 194,5 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Ossian is the narrator and purported author of a cycle of epic poems published by the Scottish poet James Macpherson, under the title The Poems of Ossian.

Ossian, a blind bard, sings of the life and battles of Fingal, a Scotch warrior. Characters and passages of Ossian are based on established Celtic and Scottish folklore.

The poems achieved international success. Napoleon and Diderot were prominent admirers and Voltaire was known to have written parodies of them. Thomas Jefferson thought Ossian “the greatest poet that has ever existed”,] and planned to learn Gaelic so as to read his poems in the original. They were proclaimed as a Celtic equivalent of the Classical writers such as Homer. More on Ossian

François Pascal Simon Gérard (4 May 1770–11 January 1837), titled as Baron Gérard in 1809, was a prominent French painter. He was born in Rome, where his father occupied a post in the house of the French ambassador, and his mother was Italian. He was made a baron of the Empire in 1809 by Emperor Napoleon…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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