Friday, March 30, 2007
"Calgon Take Me Away"
Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels.
David ushered in a return to classical ideals and away from the Rococo with this homage to the death of his friend. Marat was an outspoken leader of the French Revolution and was murdered in his bath after receiving a letter of admission into his home for the murderer. David's stark scene conveys the shock and sadness he felt after learning Maret had been killed.