Corporality and Communication: The Gestural Revolution of Diderot, David, and The Oath of the Horatii

Johnson, Dorothy
March 1989
Art Bulletin;Mar1989, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p92
Academic Journal
Presents information on a study which examined a revolutionary stylistic development in late 18th-century French painting, in which an emphasis on corporal expression embodied in gesture dramatically replaced the prevailing aesthetics of physiognomy inherited from Le Brun. Historical background of the appearance of 'The Oath,' by J. L. David; Details of Poussinist revival in France in 1765; Comments on the art works of David.


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