Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 9

Ary Scheffer, The Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia in 1812, 1826. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with a gift from Richard L. Feigen, B.A. 1952, and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Find the Hero: Ary Scheffer’s Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia in 1812

Friday, November 15, 2013, 1:30 pm

The painter of this little-known Romantic work, a new acquisition by the Gallery, shows the remnants of the Grande Armée in the greatest defeat in military history. What sense does he make of the event? The questions he poses about war and true heroism are still pressing.

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Lecture Video

John Walsh presents Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 9.

Recommended Readings

The literature on Ary Scheffer in English is scant, but L. J. I Ewals’s encyclopedia entry is useful. Since the recent rediscovery of the Gallery’s painting, only a brief study of it has appeared—the article by Karen Serres—but it is excellent. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu’s survey of the period in France on the painting is excellent.

To access subscription-only articles, or for assistance with any of the below materials, please visit the Nolen Center Library at the Yale University Art Gallery.

On the Artist

Ewals, L. J. I. “Ary Scheffer.” In Grove Art Online (by subscription only).
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On the Painting

Serres, Karen. “Ary Scheffer’s ‘The Retreat of Napoleon’s Army from Russia.’” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2012): 107–11.
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On the Period

Chu, Petra ten-Doesschate. Nineteenth-Century European Art. New York: Prentice Hall, 2003: 203–23.

Note: For the benefit of the lecture audience, we are supplying a recommended reading list as well as links to useful online sources. Any author or publisher who believes that his or her rights have been violated should contact Rights and Reproductions at the Yale University Art Gallery at yuagrights@yale.edu.

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