Sunday, January 4, 2009
Part of Jacque Louis David's study for the painting "Serment du Jeu de Paume" (Oath at the Tennis Court) which had been initially intended to be an enormous life sized testament to the idea of the republic. I hadn't realized the French Revolution had so much to do with the Rights of Man to go without pants.
The final painting was hung at the Versailles tennis court where the oath took place. That's kind of like someone having their portrait painted and then hanging it around their neck (not that there is anything wrong with that).