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Maker(s):Monsiau, Nicolas André
Culture:French (1754 - 1837)
Title:Aspasia Conversing with the Most Illustrious Men of Athens
Date Made:ca. 1806
Materials:brush and grey wash over pen and grey ink on white laid paper, laid down on a white card faced with blue paper
Place Made:France; Paris
Measurements:mount: 25.7175 cm x 33.3375 cm; 10 1/8 in x 13 1/8 in; sheet: 16.9863 cm x 24.4475 cm; 6 11/16 in x 9 5/8 in
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1986.6
Credit Line:Purchased with the gift of the family and friends of Mimi Norcross Fisher, class of 1959, in her memory
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Roman style interior with large table around which a woman and men in togas are having an animated discussion, some sitting and some standing, bust of a bearded man on top of a tall column

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Ellen Monroe, class of 2015:

Monsiau had no idea—working at the turn of the nineteenth century—that the woman portrayed in this drawing would have fit in well at Smith College. Aspasia was an unusually well-educated woman of Athens and the consort of the Greek leader Pericles. She demanded equal treatment and was written about in several plays. In Monsiau’s drawing, Aspasia is the lively center of attention. The figures, statues, and architecture that surround her are heavy with classical Greek influence.

men; women; interiors; architecture; costume

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