Prinz Henry


 
 


ÉLISABETH VIGÉE-LEBRUN
Prince Henry Lubomirski, Genius of Fame, ca. 1800


 

A bizarre apparition of a young and noble prince from Poland. Through his face which shows his kind and naive nature, he appears as a real person, but other unusual elements display different nuances.

Not only is he discovering the victorious joys of masculinity symbolized through the conqueror's crown, but in his almost luxuriant nakedness, a feminine and still vulnerable sensuality arises as well.

The angel wings are an indication that this youth is awakening not only to the state of being an adult, but also to the many possibilities of transcending the rigorous paths of supposed superiority of mind over body that men have followed so often.
 

This genius might find fame by other new means ...