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A Vestal Virgin Crowned With Flowers

Jacques-Louis David

A Vestal Virgin Crowned With Flowers

Jacques-Louis David
  • Date: 1783
  • Style: Neoclassicism
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: flowers-and-plants, female-portraits
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The Vestal Virgin is a painting by Jacques-Louis David. Its date is unknown, but Antoine Schnapper estimates it between 1784 and 1787, 1787 being the year given for it in the 1803 Lespinasse sale catalogue. Sophie Monneret suggests 1783, the same year as Andromache Mourning Hector, perhaps in response to the creation of the Prix de Vertu.

It is a half length study of a vestal virgin and was rediscovered in 1909. Its attribution to David was contested by Gaston Brière, Klaus Holma and Louis Hautecœur, although the work is signed and mentioned in the painter's own list of works. Antoine Schnapper supported David as its artist by looking at the painting's treatment of the figure's hand and robe. Since the 1980s it has been in a private collection in the USA.

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