The insane as Romantic heroes? Portraits by Théodore Géricault 1819-23
I thought this might be of interest to some.
Romanticism is a movement between 1750-1850 that reacted to the restrictions in society also to excessive logic and reason with the opposite dynamic of feeling, nature, imagination, spirit etc
I have been anyalsing Portraits of the insane painted by Géricault between 1819-23 of inmates of the French asylum La Salpêtrière in Paris.
These people suffered from monomania- which is described in the dictionary as excessive preoccuption with one thing.
These portraits were commisioned by the doctor Etienne Jean Georget
I compared these portraits with a portrait of a Romantic hero of the time Napoleon Bonaparte by Gros.
Comparing Gazes, backgrounds and hands