The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons is an oil painting produced in 1789 by French painter Jacques Louis David.
Brutus shown tense with crossed feet in the picture and the use of light and dark color was to draw a distinction between Brutus and his wife. Brutus does not even look back as his headless sons are brought into the room. Jacques-Louis David painted this picture in the Neo-Classical manner. In 1789, it was hotly controversial to bring such a subject which reveals how deeply the artist was committed to new ideas and enlightenment principals.
David wanted to exhibit his picture in the Salon but before that the French Revolution had begun. The newspapers in France reported that the government had banned the showing of the famous painting The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons’, the people were outraged on the government and several royals were forced to give up. The painting was then hung in the exhibition and protected by art students.