Category: neoclassical


The Nine Muses

 Circle of Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807)


Ceiling fresco from the Galleria Borghese, inspired by the decorations in the

Domus Aurea and Hadrian’s Villa, c. 1782-85

Felice Giani (1758 – 1823)

[30.10.19], Andrea Marcias, 2019

The Death of Camilla by Jacques-Louis David. French, c. 1781. Black chalk and grey wash on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From the Met:

Before painting his Neoclassical masterpiece The Oath of the Horatii (Musée du Louvre, Paris), David explored many episodes of the story in sketches. In this sheet, David portrays the death of Camilla in the aftermath of the battle between the ancient Roman and Alban tribes. To spare lives, each tribe had delegated three warriors to settle the dispute. The lone survivor of the contest, Horatius, has returned to find his sister, Camilla, grieving for her slain fiancé, a member of the Curiatii clan. In his anger over her unpatriotic display of emotion, Horatius kills her on the spot. 

Figure study for The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David. French, c. 1786-1787. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

From the Met:

This sheet is a study for the pose and drapery of Crito, a wealthy Athenian disciple who, in the painting, sits by Socrates’ side and beseeches him not to drink the poison. The grid drawn in black chalk, known as squaring, would have assisted the artist in transferring the design from paper to canvas. 

Sketch for the painting Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis David

French, c. 1814

black chalk on paper

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Two studies for Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Socrates (top, c. 1782, and middle, 1786) and the finished painting (bottom, 1787). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Compositional study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons by Jacques-Louis David

French, 1787

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Study for the wife and daughters of Brutus (recto) and study of a male nude (verso) by Jacques-Louis David


red chalk on paper

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sketch of a flying figure and a reclining river god by Jacques-Louis David, after a fresco by Pietro da Cortona

French, n.d. (from a sketchbook drawn as a student at the French Academy) 

black chalk on paper

Metropolitan Museum of Art