09 Works, Today, June 12th. is Pierre Henri Révoil’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #160

Pierre Henri Revoil (French, Lyon 1776–1842 Lyon)
The Tournament, c. 1812

Oil on canvas
H. 133.5; L. 174.3cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Pierre Révoil aimed to create a detailed reconstruction of a mediaeval tournament. He chose to depict a jousting tournament which took place in Rennes in 1337, which was famous for the participation of the young Bertrand Duguesclin in anonymous armour, despite his father prohibiting it. The painter chose the moment at which the last man to fall manages to raise the victor’s visor to reveal his identity…

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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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