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The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons. Study
  • The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons. Study

    TitleThe Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons. Study
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on paper mounted on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 27,5 x 35 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 42 x 50 x 9 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1789
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jacques Louis David, French, born 1748, dead 1825
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2683
  • AcquisitionGift 1928 Wholesale Dealer John Johnson
  • Description
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    Jacques-Louis David painted several of the neo-classicist key works. This is a study for the painting in the Louvre with the same title. Brutus, one of the Roman republic’s founders, sentenced his sons to death for treason. Brutus had himself enacted the law. The light catches his wife and daughters – he himself sits motionless. The theme has been viewed as a comment on revolutionary era politics and the conflict between patriotism and the rights of the individual.