Elizabeth M. Rudy is the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums. Her dissertation was on Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and allegorical representation, and she is currently preparing a book manuscript on book illustration during the Napoleonic Empire.

Reading Revolutionary Prints

Jacques Louis Copia (after Jacques-Louis David), Jean Paul Marat (1794), etching and engraving, 27.4 x 22 cm. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum. Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall, R13046.

Prints about politics during the French Revolution adopted specific ideological positions in the shifting landscape of the nascent republic. The clarity of their viewpoint, however, relied equally on the image and its text …Read More