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Belisarius

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Belisarius

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Attributed to François Gérard
French, 1770–1837

Date

after 1799

Medium

Oil on panel

Accession #

1985.53

Dimensions

14 x 10 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

As a Romantic painter who delighted in capturing emotionally charged moments, François Gérard depicted the blind man Belisarius carrying his wounded guide toward an abyss. Belisarius, a famous general under the sixth-century Byzantine emperor Justinian, was wrongly accused of conspiracy against the emperor and was stripped of his honors and fortune. Gérard’s extraordinary use of color in the landscape and the diagonal movement of the clouds provide a poignant backdrop for the drama.

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