Collected and reproduced from the 16th century on, ancient statuary has never ceased to nourish and inspire artists who discovered it in Italy or France through casts or drawn and engraved copies. From Jean Boucher to Carpeaux, via Poussin, Bouchardon and Ingres, the greatest French painters and sculptors were enthusiastic students of this school of antiquity.
Artists have allowed themselves audaciously surprising liberties in their interpretations of antiquity, whether this be in the disturbing transpositions of Jean Boucher and Géricault, who have no qualms about restyling their models in playful and erotic compositions, or radically different contexts, such as when Poussin places an antique box in the foreground of a depiction of the Holy Family.
The exhibition presents around thirty original drawings, some of them never previously exhibited in public, as well as a selection of prints and collections of drawings, all from the Beaux-Arts de Paris collections.
The Cabinet de dessins Jean Bonna thus aims to shed light on the lessons learned from antiquity and the extraordinary productivity garnered through the perspectives of artists on these masterpieces.
À l'école de l'antique : Poussin, Géricault, Ingres...
Cabinet de dessins Jean Bonna
14, rue Bonaparte
From Wednesay to Sunday. 12 pm – 9 pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday