FINE ART: “Musée Voltaire” / Jean Hubert / Eighteenth Century

Musée Voltaire, Ferney-Voltaire, France/Erich Lessing/Art Resource“Voltaire in his night shirt, putting on his trousers while
dictating to his secretary, at his house in Ferney, France”
painting by Jean Hubert, eighteenth century

h/t: The New York Review of Books

1 thought on “FINE ART: “Musée Voltaire” / Jean Hubert / Eighteenth Century

  1. Great painting. Our most hallowed philosophers are so often portrayed surrounded by books, gazing out windows in thoughtful repose whereas here Voltaire is–like you and I–simply putting his pants on one leg at a time. Recommend folks go to the article link; it’s a good summary of how what we call the Enlightenment has been and is still received by historians and philosophers.

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