Juxtapositions

Before painting his iconic canvas "The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons" in 1789, Jacques-Louis David spent several years crafting the composition in a series of drawn studies. Use the slider to compare the painting at left with the drawing at right.

Before painting his iconic canvas "The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons" in 1789, Jacques-Louis David spent several years crafting the composition in a series of drawn studies. Use the slider to compare the painting at left with the drawing at right.

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The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, 1789
Jacques-Louis David (French)
Oil on Canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris
© RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, 1787
Jacques-Louis David (French)
Black chalk, pen and black and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, heightened with white gouache
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2006 (2006.264)
Study for the Wife and Daughters of Brutus (recto); Study of a Male Nude (verso), n.d.
Jacques-Louis David (French)
Red chalk
Purchase, Robert Gordon Gift, 2007 (2007.450a, b)