The Death of Socrates, c.1787
Item #: 12180516A
24" x 18"
22" x 14.5" without border
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This fine art lithographic print is produce on a medium-weight cover stock paper and coated with a silken finish that protects the inks and creates an elegant look. The paper is acid-free and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that supports the growth of responsible forest management. The detailed proofing process and standarized printing plates of offset lithography ensure this print reproduction maintains vivid colors and faithfulness to the original work of art.
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Committed to his ideals even when facing death, Socrates is portrayed with dignity and composure in this dramatic masterpiece by Neoclassic artist Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825). Brilliantly utilizing light and dark accents, David portrays an unjustly condemned father figure who sacrifices himself for his principles, drinking the hemlock instead of going in to exile. On the eve of the French Revolution, which he strongly supported, David unveiled this painting, which has been compared to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and Raphael’s Stanze, as a patriotic call to duty.
French Neo-Classical painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was the most prominently influential artist of his time and the only great master to emerge between the Rococo and the Romantic era. An active revolutionary with Robespierre, David gained prominence with Napolean’s rise to power when he became the official court painter and literally defined the style of the era. Famous for his Empire style, he featured warm Venetian colors in a rebellion against Rococo fantasy which resulted in innovative compositional departures. After the Bourbon monarchy reclaimed the throne, he was exiled to Brussels where he took on many students and continued to paint.
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