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Maker(s):David, Jacques-Louis
Culture:French (1748 - 1825)
Title:Coriolanus Raising his Kneeling Mother (?), study for a scene from Horace by Corneille
Date Made:ca. 1786
Materials:Black chalk on cream laid paper
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet: 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm; 7 in x 4 1/2 in
Narrative Inscription:  undated, initialed in brown ink at lower right: J.D.
Accession Number:  SC 1956.45
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Roman in armor helping a kneeling woman in long robes stand

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Suzanne Folds McCullagh, class of 1973, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago:

This drawing was recently discovered to depict one of the subjects proposed in 1786 to David for his painting for the King, destined for the Salon of 1787. Having hidden with the Volsci and gotten help from them, Coriolanus, the exiled Roman general, decided to avenge himself on Rome. This drawing shows the moment of his departure, impeded by his mother, wife, and children.

men; women; costume; royalty

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