L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two church interiors by Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot

Le Baisement des pieds de la statue de saint Pierre dans la basilique Saint-Pierre de Rome, 1812.
La Confirmation par un évêque grec dans la basilique Sainte-Agnès-hors-les-Murs a Rome, circa 1816.


Antoinette-Cécile-Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot (14 December 1784, Paris - 2 January 1845, Paris), French painter, mainly of genre scenes. At the age of seven, she began studies with Guillaume Guillon-Lethière, a popular history painter and family friend. In 1807, he was appointed director of the French Academy in Rome, and she joined him the next year; she would remain in Rome until 1816. Her work there focused on the customs and dress of the Italian peasant.  Such foreign experience was rare for a woman artist, and influenced much of her work. She regularly exhibited her work at the Paris Salon, showing some 110 paintings there between 1811 and 1840.

Haudebourt-Lescot married the architect Louis-Pierre Haudebourt in 1820, and died twenty-five years later at the age of sixty.

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