17 “What have I done to you. Mercy … mercy at least for my life “What have I done to you? Mercy … mercy at least for my life.” Illustration to Pierre Viaud, Naufrage et aventures de M. Pierre Viaud, Natif de Bordeaux, Capitaine de Navire (1770)
18 Anne-Louis Girodet, Citizen Jean-Baptiste Belley, Ex-Representative of the Colonies, 1797
19 Guillaume Guillon Lethière, Oath of the Ancestors, 1822 On right: Jean-Jacques DessalinesOn left: Alexandre PétionGuillaume Guillon Lethière, Oath of the Ancestors, 1822
20 Why is the idea of an “oath” so attractive to artists seeking to give form to political change? How does Lethière’s oath scene compare to those of David?What role does the luminous figure of God play in this picture?Where are the women? What does the image have to say about gender?How would you compare the figures of Dessalines and Pétion to Girodet’s Belley?