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The Artwork that Captures Socrates’ Noble Suicide

Analysis of The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David

The Death of Socrates (1787) by Jacques-Louis David. Oil on canvas. 130 x 196 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Some artists seek to show us the world as it is; others depict how they want the world to be. Jacques-Louis David, who painted The Death of Socrates, undoubtedly falls into the latter category.

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