pierre-paul prud'hon

Arts, one panel from Arts, Wealth, Pleasure and Philosophy (c.1800). Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758-1823). Oil on canvas.

Love of luxury and pomp was a hallmark of the Napoleonic era and Prud'hon received a great many decorative commissions from Napoleonic officials. Of these, none proved more impressive than the long panels he developed for the Salon de la Richesse at the Hotel de Lannoy, Paris. Four canvases mounted on wood portray the Arts, Wealth, Pleasure and Philosophy.