Analysis Of Jacques Louis David Oath Of The Horatii

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Painted in Rome in the style of neoclassicism, Jacques Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii is one of the better-known examples of art produced during the year of 1784 C.E. It is a large scaled oil painting which was originally painted in Rome but now resides in Louvre, Paris. The painting is done in the work of neoclassicism. It portrays trends or movements usually prevailing in the architecture of European colonies at various periods of times usually dating between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, characterized by the introduction and widespread use of Greek orders and decorative motifs, the subordination of detail to simple, strongly geometric overall compositions, the presence of light colors or shades, frequent shallowness of relief…show more content…
A clear representation of the brutal society people endured during the 18th century. The painting also depicted the essences of power and gender, masculine versus feminism, by the positioning of the characters. David clearly states the gender roles of that time by the placement in which he puts the characters. He clearly separates the painting into three sections from the use of the columns. In the left section are the three men standing tall, proud, muscular and heroic, showing the pure definition of men. In the middle section stands the older man holding the swords, showing that he holds the most authority and is the most important figure within the painting. He is the focal point while in the third section farthest to the right, away from the men the women are seen on the ground slumped over fragile and distressed. Men were in power and were seen as the superior sex while the women were subordinate to the men as seen separated and in a smaller

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