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The Combat of Mars and Minerva

Jacques-Louis David

The Combat of Mars and Minerva

Jacques-Louis David
  • Date: 1771
  • Style: Neoclassicism
  • Genre: mythological painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: Greek-and-Roman-Mythology, Mars, Athena/Minerva
  • Dimensions: 146 x 181 cm
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Minerva Fighting Mars (Combat de Mars contre Minerve) is a 1771 painting by Jacques-Louis David, now in the Louvre.

David produced the painting to compete for the Prix de Rome of 1771 - he and the seven other competitors were assigned the task of painting a new work in 10 weeks on a set subject, which that year was the Iliad. David lost that year to Joseph-Benoît Suvée, finally winning on his fourth attempt in 1774 with Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease.

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