GÉRARD, François
(b. 1770, Roma, d. 1837, Paris)

Corinne at Cape Miseno

Oil on canvas, 266 x 277 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

In 1819 Madame Récamier received as a gift from Prince Augustus of Prussia a picture by Gérard, an affecting realization of Madame de Staël as Corinne, set like Sappho on the wild shore of Cape Miseno and pausing in her recitation of an ode when interrupted by her infatuated admirer, Lord Nelvil. Corinne looks up heavenwards in her confusion.