Rather than representing a specific person, this painting is probably an expressive head - a study of the physical manifestation of emotion on a human face. Merry-Joseph Blondel trained as a history painter, and his works would have been evaluated based on the appropriate expressiveness of the figures in his mythological and historical subjects. This man may have served as a model for a heroic figure that remains calm and focused in a tumultuous situation.


  • Title: Head of a Man
  • Creator: Merry-Joseph Blondel
  • Creator Lifespan: 1781/1853
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: None
  • Date Created: 1818
  • Physical Dimensions: w314 x h396 mm
  • Culture: French
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Museum Purchase, Photo by Peter Jacobs
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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