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Napoleon masterfully manipulated his image, and this painting meant for Parisian audiences is pure propaganda.
How would you paint a picture of something that’s not quite representable… like the sound of voices chanting, a spiritual vision, a childhood memory, or a dream that you can’t remember?
Though at first glance this nude seems plucked from classical antiquity, it actually alludes to modern politics.
Does a portrait need to be an accurate visual representation of the subject?
In style and story, this rigorously organized canvas looked back to antiquity; it soon became an icon of Revolution.
Romans fight barbarians on this chaotic coffin, which shows signs of a turn in artistic trends.
This energetic painting captures the horror of war, from its overwhelming hopelessness to its cultural costs.
Naram-Sin leads his victorious army up a mountain, as vanquished Lullubi people fall before him.
Bare-breasted with a bayonet? Liberty leads a revolution that won’t be televised but will be seen in the Paris Salon.
The stark space of this painting echoes the stoicism of its narrative—and reflects David’s research into antiquity.
Think of the children! In contrast to David’s earlier paintings, this scene extols the strength of women.
Delacroix’s scene of Greek survivors is anything but heroic and offers no relief to the suffering depicted.