Gabe Bornstein ’14 on Portrait of an Actor (Joseph Isidore Samson)

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Julien Vallou de Villeneuve
Portrait of an Actor (Joseph Isidore Samson)
c. 1850
Salted paper print

Purchased with the Kenneth C. and Louise McKeon Deemer ’33 Fund

Gabe Bornstein ’14 examines Vallou de Villeneuve’s portrait of the French actor Joseph Isidore Samson for its attempts to associate sitter with authorship and knowledge, and to transcend the socioeconomic limitations surrounding the profession of the actor in 19th-century France.

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