The Oath of Horatii
The Oath of Horatii
The Death of Socrates
The Death of Socrates
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress
The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress
The Intervention of the Sabine Woman
The Intervention of the Sabine Woman
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
The Death of Marat
The Death of Marat
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Key Works: Jacques-Louis David

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The quintessential Neoclassical painter, David’s monumental canvases were perhaps the final triumph of traditional history painting. Adopting the fashionable Greco-Roman style, David blended these antique subjects with Enlightenment philosophy to create moral exemplars. His linear forms dramatically illustrated narratives that often mirrored contemporary politics. As the premier painter of his day, David served the monarchy of Louis XVI, the post-revolutionary government, and the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, despite the radical differences in these ruling regimes. He also ran an important studio where his students would later rebel against his example, sowing the seeds of modernism. (The Art Story)

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The Oath of Horatii
The Oath of Horatii
The Death of Socrates
The Death of Socrates
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress
The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress
The Intervention of the Sabine Woman
The Intervention of the Sabine Woman
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
The Death of Marat
The Death of Marat