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French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David

French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David


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French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David

DAVID: THE DEATH OF MARAT.
French revolutionary politician Jean-Paul Marat, fatally stabbed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, 13 July 1793. Oil on canvas, 1793, by Jacques Louis David

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1793 Assassination Bath Bath Tub Blood Corpse Crime Dead Doctor Ink Well Jacobin Jean Knife Marat Note Paper Paul Quill Revolutionary Stabbing Statesman Turban


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This print showcases the iconic painting "The Death of Marat" by Jacques Louis David, depicting a pivotal moment in French history. The image captures the tragic scene of Jean-Paul Marat, a prominent revolutionary politician, lying lifeless in his bath after being fatally stabbed by Charlotte Corday on July 13th, 1793. David's masterful use of oil on canvas brings this historical event to life with remarkable detail and emotion. The composition highlights Marat's turban-clad head resting against a blood-soaked pillow while clutching a quill and paper, symbolizing his dedication to his cause even in death. A chilling note lies nearby, evidence of the assassination plot that unfolded within these very walls. Marat's corpse serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made during the turbulent times of the French Revolution. This painting immortalizes him as both a statesman and martyr for liberty. The image evokes strong emotions as we contemplate the brutality and violence that marked this period in France's history. It prompts reflection on how political ideologies can lead to extreme actions and reminds us of the fragility inherent in any revolution. As viewers engage with this thought-provoking artwork, they are transported back to an era defined by turmoil and change. It stands as a testament to David's artistic genius and serves as an enduring symbol of one man's untimely demise at the hands of political unrest.

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