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Figure Study for "The Death of Socrates"

Artist:
Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Date:
n.d.
Medium:
Black chalk, stumped, heightened with white chalk on beige paper; squared in black chalk
Dimensions:
21 1/8 x 16 5/16 in. (53.6 x 41.4 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.161.1
Not on view
This highly finished drawing is a study for David's Death of Socrates, which hangs in the Metropolitan's European Paintings Galleries. The painting depicts the philosopher in prison in 399 BC. Sentenced to death for corrupting the youth of Athens, he pauses to address his friends and followers before drinking the hemlock. This sheet is a study for the pose and drapery of Crito, a wealthy Athenian disciple who, in the painting, sits by Socrates' side and beseeches him not to drink the poison. The grid drawn in black chalk, known as squaring, would have assisted the artist in transferring the design from paper to canvas.
Seated Draped Male Figure

Inscription: In graphite at lower right, in artist's hand: "David à son ami chaudet"
Antoine Denis Chaudet (French, Paris 1763–1810 Paris)Chaudet, Antoine-Denis (Paris); Vendor: Wildenstein & Co., Ltd., London
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