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David

David

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Jacques-Louis David came to the fore as the unchallenged leader of the renewal of historical painting in Europe with The Oath of the Horatii, painted a few steps from the Piazza del Popolo in his atelier in Rome over almost a year. He ushered in a new era of radical classicism that permanently banished the frivolity of rococo. David's passionate talent acknowledged the masterpieces of antiquity and those of Poussin and Caravaggio, Winckelmann's aesthetic doctrine, and the moral fibre of Corneille's heroes to create a forceful, spare figurative language that perfectly expressed his contemporary Diderot's notion to paint as they spoke in Sparta". Four years later

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