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Choose a work of Rococo or Neoclassical art and relate it to a contemporary work or social construct. What are some of the shared ideals or values that you see expressed, both in Rococo or Neoclassical art and in contemporary society? David again employed a classical story to celebrate selfless patriotism. Leonidas, King of Sparta, defended the pass at Thermopylae against an invading Persian army in 480 BCE. The heroic sacrifice of Leonidas and his men allowed for the safe retreat of the Greek fleet. The figure of Leonidas is the focus of the painting. He faces the viewer resolutely, prepared to die for the glory of Sparta. Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814) by JacquesLouis David Selfless Patriotism let us consider just exactly what these two words joined together, truly means. A selfless act of courage and bravery that in turned saved the lives of many at the sake of their own. Let’s take a moment and think back throughout history, how many men and women that have earned the title as “Hero”. Jacques-Louis David, a 17 th century French painter captures those characteristics in his neoclassical piece, Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814). David was able to take a classical story of King Leonidas and his army of 300 to celebrate selfless patriotism. King Leonidas and his army of 300 heroically sacrifice their own lives by defending the pass at Thermopylae against the Persian army. these two works of art that I have chosen, in my opinion, best reflects those characteristics There are many events throughout our history that has produced just such an individual, With the recent help from Hollywood, we know the story of King Leonidas and his army of 300 Spartans and their sacrifice. However, Jacques-Louis David would be one of the first to give us a glimpsed into that battle with his neoclassical painting, “ Leonidas at Thermopylae” (1814). At first glance your eyes are immediately drawn to the figures in the foreground, as they are much lighter than the other partly shadowed figures. As you focus in more, you’re pulled to the man in the center, presumably Leonidas lighter than the rest of the shadowed figures. The man in the center, presumably Leonidas, notice how calm he is In Leonidas at Thermopylae, it is implied that the war is deeper than just the main figures in the foreground, with hundreds of other warriors in the battle too. In the foreground, we see that chaos has broken out and the army seems to be in shambles, while the leader of the army remains calm as the war progresses around him. The emphasized man in the center, presumably Leonidas, instantly draws the viewers’ eyes to him. Not only is Leonidas more bathed in light out of any of the partly shadowed figures in the painting, he also has the most static pose while

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