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Histories of the self: Anne-Lois Girodet and the Trioson portrait series

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Between 1797 and 1804, the French artist Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson produced a series of portraits depicting a young boy, the son of the artist’s mentor Benoît-François Trioson. The paintings chart the development of a single boy, but they also reference contemporaneous scientific and philosophical discourses that share the paintings’ preoccupation with temporality. By considering the Trioson portrait series in relation to these discourses, I argue that they compel us to think more expansively about the durational nature of selfhood and history at the end of the eighteenth-century.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-223
JournalEighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number2
Early online date18 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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