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Art Talk Live: One Print—Five Stories

In this black and white print, a young man wearing a large, hooded cloak holds a nude woman in his arms. The woman’s eyes are closed. He bends his head down to kiss her lower neck. He has short, dark-colored hair and she has long, blond hair. They stand on the shore of a body of water, which extends behind them. A moon hangs low in the sky beyond the horizon line on the right, and it is partially covered with clouds. To the left of the couple, a fire burns brightly and throws billowing smoke into the upper-left corner of the image. A stone building is perched on the mountain overlooking the water below.
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (design and etching) and Barthélemy Joseph Fulcran Roger (engraving), French, Phrosine and Mélidore, 1797. Etching and engraving. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gray Collection of Engravings Fund and the Jakob Rosenberg Fund, G9063.

Gallery Talk

This event was recorded. Please view the talk here.

Prints tell so many stories, from all the materials that went into their creation to the numerous artists involved in their production. In this talk, curator Elizabeth Rudy will explore five stories within one print, a 1797 book illustration by French artists Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and Barthélemy Roger.

Led by:
Elizabeth Rudy, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints, Division of European and American Art

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