1789. Oil on canvas. 323 x422 cm. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note.
Brutus, Lucius Junius, nephew of the last Roman King Tarquinius the Proud, participated in revolt against his tyranny (see the related topic The Rape of Lucretia) and after establishing of the republic was one of the first two Roman consuls.
Brutus’ two sons started a conspiracy to restore the monarchy. The plot was foiled and they were convicted and sentenced to death by their father.
See: Jacques-Louis David. The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons.
Titus Livy. The History of Early Rome. The Easton Press. 1978.
Plutarch. Biographies of Outstanding Greeks and Romans. Minsk. 1995