Lictors bring to Brutus the bodies of their sons - Jacques Louis David. 323 x 422 cm
The story of Lucius Junius Brutus is full of tragedy, based on the formation of state interests to the detriment of personal feelings. The founder of the Roman Republic, Brutus, executed his two sons for a monarchical conspiracy. The moment when dead sons are brought to the father and was captured by the brilliant artist Jacques Louis David.
The whole space of the picture seems to be immersed in twilight, from which the painter grabs the most important thing with the help of light spots - here are Brutus’s wife frozen like a stone and her daughters clinging to her, but in the background lifeless bodies snatched by light. Brutus himself remains in the shadows, immersed in gloomy thoughts.
David's painting, like many of his works, was the link linking the famous plot of the past with modern realities. In them, the contemporary viewer saw strength, valor, perseverance and sacrifice, feelings that were not alien to France itself, embraced by the revolutionary spirit.
The painter himself deeply shared such sacrifice. There is evidence that one friend of David petitioned for his sister, who was sentenced to death - the artist was friends with Robespierre and theoretically could contribute to the fate of the unfortunate. However, David flatly refused to do this, proclaiming the justice of the government decision.