English 233: Introduction to Western Humanities -- Baroque & Enlightenment
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
Our study will focus on the following 4 neo-classical paintings from immediately before and during the French Revolution.
- The Oath of the Horatii (1784)
- The Death of Socrates (1787)
- Brutus Awaiting the Delivery of the Bodies of His Sons by the Lictors [aka The Lictors Bring Brutus the Bodies of His Sons] (1789)
- Marat Assassinated (1793)
Begin by reading the material in WH on the neoclassical painting of Jacques-Louis David (pp. 417-419). Follow this up with the biographical sketches at CGFA (Carol L. Gerten's site at the University of North Carolina) and at the Louvre's WebMuseum.
In addition to the latter page, here are some places where you can find links to digital images of the paintings listed above.
You will want to review the page on the logical structure of art-historical period style concepts. Suppose we were to form a concept of "revolutionary neo-classicism" in which the above 4 paintings were to serve as paradigm examples. What features would we want to import into our notion?
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This page last updated 29 Nov 1998.