David d’Angers: Making the Modern Monument
September 17 through December 8, 2013
Lauded by Victor Hugo as the Michelangelo of Paris, Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856) was one of the most important sculptors of the nineteenth century. An ardent Republican, experimental writer, respected teacher, and confidant to innumerable artists and intellectuals (from Balzac and Paganini to Goethe and Delacroix), he was both celebrated and controversial during his lifetime. Although today he is little known, David produced some of the most iconic portraits and ambitious public monuments of the Romantic era.