during the Reign of Terror in France
David was a faithful, avid Jacobin (radical)
Jean Paul Marat was the "pen" of the Jacobins, and wrote the names of many people on a paper, sending them to the guillotin.
Killed by a Moderaist woman named Charlotte Corday, who wanted a constituional monarchy
One of the first artistic propaganda Napoleon uses.
left in a storage place for its "uselessness":
1. made Napoleon look ridiculous, since he didn't look like that
2. didn't resonate with people
3. didn't really portray the image of Napoleon
****by an Italian artist
Napoleon actually killed all the prisoners and poisoned his men, but there were survivors, who spread rumors and Napoleon had this painting to dispel them.
from the art collection Disasters of War (ca. 1810-15), first published in 1863.
Goya was afraid that this would implicate him
the day after a huge rebellion against the French invaders (Napoleon's)
men being executed by soldiers
real ship sank (the French frigate Méduse) on 1810.
cannabalistic actions involved. Capitain, rightfully, was blamed.
really propaganda envoking feelings in the viewer for the abolitionist cause