Jacques-Louis David: The Death of Socrates, Part I

Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates (1787), Oil on canvas, 129.5 × 196.2 cm (51.0 × 77.2 in). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“In this landmark of Neoclassical painting from the years immediately preceding the French Revolution, David took up a classical story of resisting unjust authority in a sparse, frieze-like composition. The Greek philosopher Socrates (469–399 B.C.) was convicted of impiety by the Athenian courts; rather than renounce his beliefs, he died willingly, discoursing on the immortality of the soul before drinking poisonous hemlock.”

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Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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This work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, “Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates,” in Smarthistory, October 26, 2022, accessed January 30, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/jacques-louis-david-the-death-of-socrates/.

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Jacques-Louis David at The Art Story

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. gabychops says:

    Thank you for showing the famous picture of Socrates’ death. Socrates’ wooden head is standing in front of my philosophy section books.


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    1. My pleasure, Joanna! I am pleased you enjoyed this. 🙂🌺


  2. Good morning. 🙂 I loved the painting and the accompanying video. I love when paintings are discussed in this manner, as it really allows us to enjoy them fully and look at other artwork in a different light. Thank you for the post. 🙂

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    1. Good morning! I love a little history with my art, too. Have a wonderful day, Sheila. 😎🌺

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  3. pirkkotervo says:

    Oh, thank You dear

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