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The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons

The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons

Jacques-Louis David, in the painting The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, exemplifies the French preoccupation with Roman thought, art, and history. His depiction of this family tragedy represents how David interpreted the gender roles during Roman times and, in context of his contemporary history, how he thinks that these values ought to be embraced by the French. Consideration of the brooding figure of Brutus and of the emotional women highlight the necessity for both parties to…

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Psyche Abandoned

Psyche Abandoned

The work Psyche Abandoned by Pietro Tenerani is a beautifully crafted sculpture, which provides an interesting look into both the neoclassical movement, and the later Purismo style in which, Tenerani was known for. While the work itself is a wonderful example of the neoclassical style, Tenerani himself was a major proponent of the Purismo movement, which rejected the ideals of Neoclassicm and sought to emulate medieval visual aesthetic. This juxtaposition between art and artist provides the modern viewer with an…

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