Act of Justice

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Title

Act of Justice

Description

Here Robespierre’s death is depicted as divine retribution, as in a classical myth. Numerous heads, presumably of those who had perished at the guillotine, watch two male figures (bearing a strong resemblance to Hercules, who had been an early symbol of the Revolution) carry the freshly severed heads of Robespierre and his followers toward the mythological river Styx, guarded by the three–headed dog Cerberus.

Creator

Viller

Source

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date

1794

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/126/|<span>de Vinck. <em>Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870</em>. Vol. 48 (pièces 6461-6583), Ancien Régime et Révolution</span>

Format

JPEG

Language

French

Identifier

126

Original Format

Engraving

Physical Dimensions

27 x 37 cm

Title (French)

Acte de justice du 9 au 10 thermidor

Citation

Viller, “Act of Justice,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed November 27, 2021, https://revolution.chnm.org/d/126.