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In contemporary with the Age of Enlightenment also called the Age of Reason in France neoclassical painters used famous works of literature as a source of inspiration for their paintings The Death Of Socrates 1787 Oil on canvas 1295 x 1962 cm or 51 x 77 14 in by Jacques Louis David is a perfect example of a neoclassical painter using a famous work of literarue in this case Platos Phaedo as his source of inspiration Platos marvelous work however was not completely captured in Davids this painting instead David looking through Roman lenses chose to focus more on the famous philosophers immortality In the painting The Death of Socrates the painter Jacques Louis David takes a scene from Platos Phaedo and paints it from a Roman perspective For example the setting of the scene takes place in a chamber that has Roman arches on the windows and an arch in the hallway In addition there is also a Roman style lamp found behind Socrates Other than the Roman perspective portrayed by David there is also a distribution of light and dark accents in this masterwork that aids in distinguishing the significance and divinity of Socrates First of all the light coming from the windows in the background and the lamp in the background are not the main source of light in this scene However the origin of the primary source of light that is emphasizing on Socrates and then on his disciples is unknown In Davids painting the light that shines on Socrates is brighter than all of the other light sources This contrast in lighting helps emphasize Socrates godliness In addition to the lighting contrast Socrates godliness is also reflected on way his body has been painted David painted Socrates with an ideally proportioned and athletic body in his painting so that he can depict Socrates as perfect man or a god like man In addition Socrates is seen as a
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