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Revolutions in Art: Reality and Subterfuge in Painting French History

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University Centre Shrewsbury

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This lecture focuses on French history as told through images.

From Napoleon to Macron, the French state has manipulated its public image through visual media. At the beginning of the 19th century, this was exemplified by a series of paintings illustrated here in Jacques-Louis David’s depiction of Napoleon crossing the Alps.

In the 21st century, the opportunities to shape how history will remember our leaders are subject to the constant flow of visual images that travel the globe in seconds. While this marks a fundamental shift in modes of visual communication, beyond the passage of time one law remains; all is not as it appears.

The speaker, Claire Griffiths, is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Chester.

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