From Paris to OKC: Gods and Heroes

July 16, 2014

By Tab Byrum


Beautiful banners used downtown to advertise the exhibit

I was very excited when I looked at the calendar to plan my week of posts on French design and then read in the paper that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is playing host to a major French art exhibit throughout the summer.  Needless to say we made plans to attend as soon as we could which worked out to be this past Saturday, and with temps in the mid to upper 90’s, inside was a great place to be.


The École des Beaux-Arts is one of several schools of fine arts in Paris, this one was founded in 1671  by Jean Baptiste-Colbert, a minister to Louis XIV.  Gods and Heroes showcases an amazing collection and looks at masterpieces from the school’s collection.  The exhibit is broken into four different rooms with themes of the exhibit focusing on courage, sacrifice and death, with a few politics thrown in from the times. 


 Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus’s Disease by Jacques-Louis David 1774
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There is a stunning collection of Torso paintings which was a category that artists had to work in to “audition” for the school.


Torso by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1800.
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Academic study of a Male Torso by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1801
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Zenobia Discovered by Shepherds on the Banks of the Araxes by Paul-Jacques-Aimé,  1850
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Appollo and Diana Killing the Children of Niobe by Pierre Charles Jombert, 1772
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There are a selection of sketches and busts done to show different emotions such as the one below.


 Attention Mingled with Fear by François Rude, 1812
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 Virgin and Child, after Michelangelo by Théodore Géricault, 1816
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Gods and Heroes is a gorgeous exhibit and a wonderful opportunity in our fair city to view one of a kind art, including a couple of pieces by the likes of Rembrandt and van Dyck. The exhibit is at the OKCMOA from now until September 14 so check it out.godsandheroes4

 Exterior of the Oklahoma Museum of Art in Downtown Oklahoma City

godsandheroes1Beautiful summer flowers and sweet potato vine growing outside the Museum Cafe

No photos were allowed in the exhibit itself so I bought the souvenir book and looked the selected works of art up on the internet. Other photos within and outside the museum are by me. 

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