François Dequevauviller

France, b.1745, d.1807

Victoire Choragique

  • Sir Joseph Kinsey bequest
  • Engraving
  • 449 x 612mm
  • 73/108

This print is from the four voume book Musée Français receuil des plus beaux tableaux, statues et bas-reliefs qui existaient au Louvre avant 1815 : avec l'explication des sujets et discours sur la peinture, la sculpture, et la gravure by Duchesne Ainé. This was published in Paris in 1829 by A and W Galignani and recorded works of art taken to Paris during Napoleon's campaigns and returned after 1815.

Victoire choragique appears in volume IV, Statues, where it is identified as a small bas-relief in marble of Paros, example of earliest Grecian style.

The choragos was the man who assembled and paid for the chorus in Greek theatre. Various choragic competitions, and thus choragic victories, are known, but which this one depicts is not recorded.