Comte Henri-Amédée-Mercure de Turenne-d'Aynac
Comte Henri-Amédée-Mercure de Turenne-d’Aynac
Jacques-Louis David, French, 1748-1825
Oil on Canvas
The Comte de Turenne is portrayed wearing a uniform and medals, which record his distinguished service in the French army. David added another military symbol, a sword, after most of the painting was complete; its hilt has since become slightly translucent. Both the sitter and the artist were closely associated with Napoleon, who had been defeated in Waterloo in 1815, a year before this portrait was painted. By 1816, both the count and David were living in exile in Brussels.
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