The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David, 1787
The Greek philosopher Socrates is shown as he is about to take poison that will kill him. Socrates is telling his students not to fear death but embrace it. Do you notice any of the familiar Renaissance styles?
The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons by Jacques-Louis David, 1789
Here David shows Brutus, who had helped overthrow the kings of Ancient Rome. His sons had worked to restore the king, so Brutus sentenced his own sons to death. This showed the important idea from the French Revolution of sacrificing for the good of the nation.
View the video from Khan Academy as you analyze the two versions of The Death of Marat on your worksheet.