by Paolo Caliari, aka Veronese, 1556.
Details are seen again towards 4'07, ropes and bodyparts echoing enslaved bodies.
An oath sworn as brothers, you can see the gesture echoed towards the end of the video at 4'45.
The women plead for the war to stop between their husbands and fathers, a gesture put in direct confrontation to that of the black people holding their hands up at 4'45 (reminding of Formation)
The portrait is in fact flanked by an autoportrait of David on the left and a portrait of the pope Pius VII on the right, symbolic of the male gaze and control over the female body.
"Les ombres de Francesca da Rimini et de Paolo Malatesta apparaissent à Dante et à Virgile", Ary Scheffer, 1835.
A couple doomed to never be able to hold onto each other in the stream of the Inferno...
At the time, a glorification of Napoleon's conquests, soon a rememberance of the grandeur of the Empire...
"Hermès rattachant sa sandale", after Lysippos (4th c. B.C.).
Incursion into the realm of Greek antiquity, but not with a god of speed in action, surprised in his trivial, material attachments. The gesture becomes that of the kneeling of the NFL athletes.
And you know, jokes about not having arms and stuff.
Yes, the portrait of a black woman, whose pose echoes that of Récamier. By a female painter, painted after the first abollition of slavery (yes because Napoleon brought it back oc)
The alignment is perfect with Joséphine (from a family of land and slave owners In Martinique, and whom Napoléon later divorced because she could not give him an heir), but no man comes to crown her as she is only held up by her sorority.
AND WHY DIDN'T I SEE THIS SOONER⁉️❤️
References to artists, parallels, reflexion on the place of black people within the institutions, in the art but also in the rooms and behind the scenes :