Portrait of Alphonse Leroy

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Portrait of Alphonse Leroy
Jacques-Louis David - Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy - WGA06051.jpg
Artist Jacques-Louis David
Year 1783
Location Musee Fabre, Montpellier

Portrait of Alphonse Leroy is a 1783 portrait of doctor and man-midwife Alphonse Leroy by Jacques-Louis David, now in the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, which bought it in 1829.

It shows its subject looking towards the spectator and leaning on a closed copy of Hippocrates' Morbi mulierum, a work on women's illnesses. On the desk is a 'lampe à quinquet', invented by Leroy himself. Together the lamp and book make reference to Cesare Ripa's Iconologia, which states these are the attributes of a study.

The naturalistic attention to detail and its bright tonality show how David was influenced by Flemish painters during his 1781 stay in Flanders. One of his pupils, Jean-François Garneray, assisted in painting the hands and fabrics. It was first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1783.

Bibliography (in French)[edit]

  • Antoine Schnapper, David : Témoin de son temps, Fribourg, Office du Livre, 1980 [détail des éditions] (ISBN 2850470007)
  • Antoine Schnapper (ed.) and Arlette Sérullaz, Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825 : catalogue de l'exposition rétrospective Louvre-Versailles 1989-1990, Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux, 1989 (ISBN 2711823261)
  • Luc de Nanteuil, David, Paris, Cercle d'Art, coll. « les grands peintres », 1987 (ISBN 2-7022-0203-9)
  • Régis Michel and Marie-Catherine Sahut, David, l'art et le politique, Paris, Gallimard, coll. « Découvertes Gallimard / Arts » (no 46), 1988 (ISBN 2-07-053068-X)
  • Sophie Monneret, David et le néoclassicisme, Paris, Terrail, 1998 (ISBN 2879391865)
  • Simon Lee, David, Paris, Phaidon, 2002 (ISBN 0714891053)