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Old Master Drawings French
Eugene-Victore-Ferdinand-Delacroix (Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris), Torso of a male nude from the back
Hubert Robert (1733-1808), View of the Temple of Hercules at Cori with Man and Women at Work in the Foreground
Jean Pillement (Lyon 1728-1808)
Washerwomen and fishermen at a stream, a village beyond
signed ‘J. Pillement’ (in brown ink)
black chalk, stumping, grey wash, three watermarks device and proprietary
15 x 19 ¾ in. (38.2 x 50.2 cm.)
134 by 194 mm
David was particularly fond of scenes and themes from Classical Greek antiquity. This is a drawing of an antique relief in the Giustiniani Collection, which David would likely have fresh on one of his trips to Rome.
Pentheus was a king of Thebes. He violently disapproved of the Bacchic cult, but was tempted to watch its rites. He was discovered by his mother, Agave, and his aunts, who in their fury dismembered him. The story is told by Euripides in The Bacchae and his account is quite accurately shown here: ‘Possessed of Bacchus… his left arm she clutched in both her hands, and set against the wretch’s ribs her foot, and tore his shoulder out…’ See P.P. Bober and R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture, London 1986, p. 120-21, no. 87 (the story and quotation given in a description of a different sarcophagus).