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Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 11

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant (Hail Caesar! We Who Are about to Die Salute You), 1859. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Ruxton Love, Jr., B.A. 1925

History at the Academy and the Salon: Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant

Friday, December 6, 2013, 1:30 pm

During Gérôme’s career, history painting continued to be popular, even as it was being undermined by new ideas for subject matter. We look at his frequently reproduced picture of gladiators in an ancient Roman arena in the context of Realism, Impressionism, photography, and movies.

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Lecture Video

John Walsh presents Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 11.

Recommended Readings

Petra ten-Doesschate Chu’s book is an excellent survey of the period and is in print; used copies can also be found. The exhibition catalogue by Laurence des Cars, Dominique de Font-Rélaux, and Edouard Papet, now out of print, is the best recent study. Gerald M. Ackerman remains fundamental for the artist and the Gallery’s painting.

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 and the Period

Whiteley, Jon. “Jean-Léon Gérôme.” In Grove Art Online (by subscription only).
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Nochlin, Linda. Realism. New York: Harmondsworth, 1971: 7–56.

Chu, Petra ten-Doesschate. Nineteenth-Century European Art. New York: Prentice Hall, 2003: 217–45, 247–57.

On the Painting

des Cars, Laurence, Dominique de Font-Rélaux, and Edouard Papet. The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904). Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010–11: 25, 28–31, 113–16, 126, 128, 173–78.

Ackerman, Gerald M. The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme. London: Sotheby’s Publications, 1986: 54, 94, 112, 204–5.

On the Subject

Hopkins, Keith. “Murderous Games: Gladiatorial Contests in Ancient Rome.” History Today 33, no. 6 (1983).
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Peplum: Images de l’Antiquité Cinema et BD.
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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.