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Anne-Louis Girodet
Portrait of C[itizen] Belley, Ex-Representative of the Colonies
Musée national du château et de Trianon, Versailles
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by Donald Kuspit

Charismatic "appea" has two meanings: a powerful esthetic attraction to the public, and a cry for help artfully disguised or transcended. . . . Charisma also involves a state of amnesia toward the past, or suppression of the past. It is the charismaticís gift to make large numbers of people forget the past, forget themselves temporarily, and†† live vividly in the spell of the present.
David Aberbach, Charisma in Politics, Religion and the Media: Private Trauma, Public Ideals