In the shadow of david's brutus

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Abstract

This essay rereads Jacques-Louis David's The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons (1789)-long interpreted in terms of revolutionary virtue-in the light of Carl Schmitt's theories of political foundation and sovereignty. By recovering the early complexity of the figure of Brutus, the essay shows how David's painting anticipated the constitutional debates of September 1789. Representations 121. Winter 2013

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-139
Number of pages33
JournalRepresentations
Volume121
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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