And became one of the most enduring images of the French Revolution. The painting "The Death of Mara" is a bitter theme of a historical event that was drawn with painful intimacy, due to David's personal attachment to it. The painting depicts the assassination of Jean-Paul Mara, author of the extremist People's Friendly newspaper and an outspoken supporter of the Jacobin Party (the largest and most powerful party involved in the French Revolution).
Due to his chronic skin condition, Mr. Mara spent most of his time in the cold tub, where he also handled letters and paperwork. On July 13, 1793, while writing in the bathroom of his house, he was stabbed to death by a young girl named Charlotte Cordy (a member of the moderate Girondist party). Many believe that "The Death of Mara" was the spark for a period of repression, murder and terror in France, known as the Age of Terror (la Terreur).
This work is currently housed in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium.
The work of Paul Jacques Ime Baudrillard, Charlotte Kurdi after the assassination of Marat (1860)