TROY, Jean-François de
The Death of Creusa
A member of a dynasty of Toulousan artists, Jean-François de Troy had a brilliant career which led him to the post of Director of the French Academy in Rome (l’Académie de France). On several occasions he was called upon to paint cartoons for the tapestry workshops of the Gobelins. A tapestry cartoon is the full size model ready to be woven. The two main cycles by de Troy are the story of Esther and the story of Jason, of which the museum owns two cartoons (the others are in the Louvre, in Clermont Ferrand and in Le Puy). The seven cartoons were sent from Rome in 1748 by the artist. They illustrate the conquest of the Golden Fleece by Jason and Medea’s revenge. In The Death of Creusa, the painter showed a highly developed sense of drama in his rendering of the abominable death of Creusa in the poisoned robe given to her as a gift by her rival, Medea.