February - April 2000
Philippe Bordes, former director of the Museum of the French Revolution, is widely considered one of the leading art historians of the Revolutionary Period in France. His work is focused on the complex relationship between visual art and the French Revolutionary process. During his term at the Clark, Bordes revised a book-length historiographic essay on the progress of the concept of the French Revolution over the last two centuries, focusing upon the roles of collectors, museums, and university professors in this process. He also continued work in collaboration with Mark Ledbury to publish the complete letters and writings of Jacques-Louis David.