The Death of Camilla

A work made of brush and brown and black ink washes, over pen and black ink and traces of black chalk, with opaque white paint, on cut and pieced cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of brush and brown and black ink washes, over pen and black ink and traces of black chalk, with opaque white paint, on cut and pieced cream laid paper.

Date:

1788/93

Artist:

Étienne Barthélemy Garnier
French, 1759-1849

About this artwork

In ancient Roman legend, during the war between Rome and the city of Alba Longa, two groups of three brothers were chosen to fight to the death for each side. The Horatii family fought for the Romans, the Curiatii for the Albans. The Horatii defeated the Curiatii, although only one of the Horatii survived. Upon discovering that his sister Camilla was secretly betrothed to one of the dead Curiatii, the surviving brother angrily killed her for placing personal love above patriotism.
Garnier’s ambitious drawing depicts the execution of Camilla, emphasizing the event’s tragedy. Though her brother stands on an elevated platform, the dying Camilla has pride of place, spotlit and surrounded by mourners. In its strong line, lack of color, and shallow space, the drawing reflects the impact ancient Roman sculptural reliefs had on Garnier.

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Artist

Etienne Barthélemy Garnier

Title

The Death of Camilla

Origin

France

Date

1788–1793

Medium

Brush and brown and black ink washes, over pen and black ink and traces of black chalk, with opaque white paint, on cut and pieced cream laid paper

Dimensions

532 × 774 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2018.60

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