French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
artist © : public domain

CHINARD, Joseph
Lyon, Rhône 1756 - Lyons, Rhône 1813

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Profile Portrait of Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

1792
terracotta

medallion
diam. 8 7/8
signed and dated: CHINARD ROME 1792

Acc. No. : 1994.90
Credit Line : Gift of Randolph Fuller

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts

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Provenance

  • 1792, Rome, given by Chinard to Girodet
  • thence by descent through the family of Girodet
  • 1994, New York, W. M. Brady & Co.
  • Boston, purchased by Randolph Fuller
  • 1994, gift of Randolph Fuller to the MFA

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 24 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1892 Vicchi
    Leone Vicchi, Les Français à Rome pendant le Convention 1792-95, Rome, 1892
  • 1910 Lami
    Stanislas Lami, Dictionnaire des sculptures de l'Ecole française du XVIIIeme siecle, Paris, 1910, p. 212

Comment



Museum's file, Anne L. Poulet, May 25, 1994:
[Chinard] was arrested in Rome in 1792 for having executed works offensive to the Catholic religion, and he was imprisoned in the Castel Saint-Angelo. [...] While in prison, Chinard was able to model in clay and executed several portraits. The present roundel is a portrait made of Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, a gifted French painter also studying in Rome, who was imprisoned with Chinard. The portrait is one of great freshness and is beautifully modelled. Its round format, strict profile pose, and simple background recall those in ancient coins or neo-classical medals. Yet the touseled curls of the sitter and sensitive modelling of the features are elements associated with the later romantic portraits of Ingres or David d'Angers.