Saturday, November 15, 2008

portraits of the insane

Top: Portrait of the Woman with Gambling Mania c. 1819-1824

Middle: Portrait of a Kleptomaniac c. 1819-1820

Bottom: Portrait of an Insane Woman or Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy c. 1822

Théodore Géricault [1791-1824] was commissioned to do a series of 12 portraits of insane people by Dr. Georget for use as a diagnostic tool with each subject suffering a different affliction.

An earlier reference to Géricault on this blog here.