Chronology

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Pierre-Jean David (d’Angers) (1788–1856)

1788

Born March 12 in Angers.

1808

Enrolls in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris as a student of Philippe-Laurent Roland (1746–1816).

1810

Awarded second place in the Prix de Rome competition. Takes classes with Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825).

1811

Awarded first prize in the École’s tête d’expression competition with La Douleur. Receives scholarship of 500 francs from the city of Angers. Takes the Prix de Rome for his bas-relief The Death of Epaminondas

1826

Elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and named professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. 

1828

Begins writing his Carnets and visits London. 

1829

Visits Germany (and again in 1834). 

1830

Marries Émilie Maillocheau. Secures the commission for the pediment of the Pantheon. 

1839

Inauguration of Galerie David d’Angers in Angers. 

1848

Rejects the position of director of the Musées nationaux. Elected mayor of the 11th arrondissement in Paris and becomes a member of the Constituent Assembly in Maine-et-Loire (Angers) but is not reelected the following year. 

1851

Arrested and exiled following his opposition to Louis-Napoleon’s coup d’état. Travels throughout Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and Italy.

1853

Returns to France. 

1856

Dies January 5 in Paris and is interred in Père Lachaise Cemetery.