The time of Jacques-Louis David, among the Ancient dream of the time of Louis XVI and the glories of napoleon, is too often understood as the triumph, in art, of the virtues and male warriors. On the walls of a beautiful hotel especially Oily, the tables that make up the exhibition “Rome / Athens” show of women, against the unexpected attack.

Nicolas-André Monsiau, painted in 1806 Aspasie talking with the most important men of Athens . The young woman in an elegant dress high waist, inspired by the sculptures athenian, gives a lesson of philosophy to Socrates, Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato. Pierre Peyron, circa 1780, had given his version of another topic then famous: Cornélie, mère des Gracques .

The grande dame roman, model of the virtues of mother, refers to her children, crying: “Here are my only jewelry.” Of beautiful paintings of Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun’s telling of the desire of the women of the time of the Lights look great …

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