The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Laurent Pécheux, French, 1729 - 1821
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The French painter Pécheux spent twenty-four years of his career in Rome, from 1753 to 1777, before moving to Turin to become director of the art academy there. The type of subject depicted in this drawing, a tragic event from ancient Roman history with "sublime" and horrific overtones, was characteristic of early Neoclassical tendencies in Roman painting.