Marius at Minturnae

François-Xavier Fabre French

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Fabre, a Neoclassical painter, began his career in the studio of Jacques Louis David and continued his studies in Rome. Royalist sympathies led him to take up residence in Florence in 1793, where he remained for much of his career. This aquatint illustrates an episode from Plutarch’s Lives in which a captured general confronts his would-be executioner. Although they were on opposite sides of the political divide during the revolutionary years, both Fabre and his former teacher were drawn to the theme of the noble prisoner.

Marius at Minturnae, François-Xavier Fabre (French, Montpellier 1766–1837 Montpellier), Etching and aquatint, printed in brown ink on wove paper

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