Gods and Heroes:

Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Gods and Heroes is a rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, the original school of fine arts in Paris, France, and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century. The exhibition includes approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The focus is on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. The exhibition features artists such as Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, François Boucher, Nicolas Poussin, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Gods and Heroes offers unique insight into the development of an aesthetic ideology that fostered some of western art’s most magnificent achievements. This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The project is generously supported by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the JFM Foundation, the Donald and Maria Cox Trust, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.