|By Jean-Baptiste Greuze, oil on canvas, 1,44 m x 1,20 m|
Musée de Saint-Omer
The following is (mostly) taken from the opening chapter of Bernard Vinot's biography of Saint-Just, the French text of which is available on Google Books.
The physical appearance of a man of state has rarely assumed such importance as it has in the case of Saint-Just. History is facinated by the image of Saint-Just as the ruthless angel of the Revolution, by his androgynous beauty. But was he really so handsome?