Jacques-Louis David – The Oath of the Horatii (1784)
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Art History Online presents ‘The Oath of the Horatii’ by French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). The work is part of the collection of Louis XVI and is hung in Musée du Louvre in Paris.
In this video we’ll first take a look at the painting itself. What do we see? After that we’ll go into the historical context and interpretations. What led David to make this painting? What is depicted and what does it mean? Since this painting is seen as the paragon of Neoclassicism we will also take some time to discuss this artistic style.