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Marius at Minturnae

Jean Germain Drouais French

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A promising young painter, Drouais modeled his style after that of his teacher, Jacques Louis David. This sheet is a study for his painting Marius at Minturnae (1786), which was exhibited at the Salon of 1787, one year before Drouais’s untimely death while still a student in Rome. Like his master’s Death of Socrates (in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art), shown at the same Salon, Drouais’s drama is set in a prison cell. Marius, an exiled former general, is captured outside Minturnae, but the Cimbrian soldier sent to execute him is unable to carry out the task in the face of the prisoner’s forceful personality.

Marius at Minturnae, Jean Germain Drouais (French, Paris 1763–1788 Rome), Pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash over black chalk

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