Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Oath of the Horatii, 1785 by Jacques-Louis David, Musée de Louvre, Paris.

By painting an ancient historical subject, David was hoping to encourage people to look back at the ancient world and model their actions on that society which had been held-up by many at this time as an example to be emulated. This work helped launch the Neoclassical movement.


Anonymous said...

why do the women appear so sad?

Martha said...

The sister is engaged to one of the men they are being sent to fight. There is a link included that explains the whole background of the image.

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