The Death of Phocion

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Title

The Death of Phocion

Subject

A Sentimentalist Painting depicting 18th century standards of male emotional expression

Description

This 1804 painting by Joseph Denis Odevaere depicts the Athenian statesman Phocion watching stoically as his friends die by drinking poison. The condemned Phocion and his friends were sentenced to death and ordered to consume poison, but the poison purportedly ran out before Phocion, the condemned, could drink it. The painting depicts Phocion watching his friends writhe and die without any real show of emotion. This stoicism is in line with 18th century sentimentalism; though sentimentalists strove to depict human empathy, evident in the painting through the grief of Phocion's dying friends, they seldom depicted men crying. The sheer irony of this double-standard is evident in the Belgian Odevaere's painting.

Creator

Joseph Denis Odevaere

Date

1804

Type

Painting

Files

The Death of Phocio

Citation

Joseph Denis Odevaere, “The Death of Phocion,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/870.

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