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        The Death of Cleonice

        David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825); French. Medium: oil on canvas mounted on wood. La Mort de Cleonice; Pausanias (d.470 BC): nephew of Spartan King Leonidas and general of Spartan army at battle of Plataea in 479 BC; forced young maiden, Cleonice, to sleep with him and when entering his bedroom by mistake she knocked over a lamp; he thought she was attacking him and killed her; for the rest of his life he was haunted by nightmares because of this tragic error; Provenance: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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