Mad People

Author: Gianpiero Pescarmona
Date: 11/10/2018



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The painting belongs to a series of ten portraits of the insane inmates of Salpêtrière asylum in Paris. Géricault made it nearly the end of his career and the five remaining portraits from the series represent the painter's last triumph. Psychiatrist Étienne-Jean Georget, one of the founders of social psychiatry, asked Géricault to do this painting which would represent each clinical models of disease. Georget believed that dementia was a modern disease, which depended in large part of social progress in industrialized countries. He believed that the madmen who were mentally ill need help. Instead of bringing the ill persons in a class room to examine their physical characteristics, the doctor instructed Géricault to paint models representing different types of madness. Dr. Georget much appreciated the objectivity in this series of works that established a link between romantic art and empirical science.

Géricault, Portraits of the Insane



Portrait of a Kleptomaniac

Man Suffering from Delusions of Military Command

Portait of a Child Snatcher

A Woman Addicted to Gambling,

Portait of a Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy



Théroigne de Méricourt

Théroigne de Méricourt, Heroine of the French Revolution

Matto inglese paranoico?

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