Objet phare des musées de Grasse
Museum of Art and History of Provence
Maximin Isnard Reading His Treatise on the Immortality of the Soul to His Family
1804 - oil on canvas
Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by Misses Bresc, Guigou, Préclair-Gérard
Inv. 97 702
This painting by an Italian artist shows Maximin Isnard, a noted figure of the French Revolution. Maximin Isnard (1755-1825) was born and died in Grasse. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly, the Convention, and the Council of Five Hundred and was a baron of the Empire, then a fervent monarchist, although he had voted for the death of Louis XVI.
In his family home at Grasse, located on Place aux Aires, he reads his treatise "On the Immortality of the Soul"; it was published in Paris in the year X (1802), when the Concordat re-established the Catholic religion in France. The Museum's documentation centre has several copies of this treatise.