Browse Exhibits (14 total)

The Death of Socrates

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This is an analysis of the neoclassical work entitled The Death of Socrates, painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1787, which shows the philosopher Socrates in his final moments before death by hemlock. This exhibit includes examinatin of the original narratives consulted by David to form his interpretation of the death of Socrates, as well as discussion of the neoclassica style of painting, which David helped shape. Finally, this section contains a video on the messages conveyed visually by David through serious subject matter that highlights male virtue and stoic patriotism. 

The Destruction of the Hosts of Pharaoh

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This exhibit analyzes the biblical narrative of Jean Court's The Destruction of the Hosts of Pharaohan enamel dish depicting Moses commanding the Red Sea to sweep away Pharaoh and his army.  In addition to analyzing the artwork on Court's dish, this exhibit compares the artwork to other pieces that were made in the same style and medium, as well as artworks working with the same biblical scene.  A video presentation is included to examine the dish's narrative and what it reveals about 17th century France.

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Ugolino and his Sons

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Nineteenth century French artist Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux chose a scene from Dante's Inferno as the subject of his marble sculpture. Ugolino and his Sons depicts the death by starvation of Count Ugolino and his children as punishment for treason against the city of Pisa. As Ugolino starves to death, his children beg him to eat their own bodies as sustenance.

Venus and Adonis Exhibit

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This exhibit examines the painting Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens as a narrative and through the lens of its historical context and the corresponding period style. The painting depicts a role reversal of the two characters: the goddess and the man switch statuses so that the deity becomes inferior to the man.