David, The Death of Socrates, 1787
The David episode from Simon Schama's BBC masterpiece, Power of Art ...
Jacques-Louis David was born on this day in 1748.
The artist must be a philosopher. Socrates the skilled sculptor, Jean-Jacques [Rousseau] the good musician, and the immortal Poussin, tracing on the canvas the sublime lessons of philosophy, are so many proofs that an artistic genius should have no other guide except the torch of reason.