Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease

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Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease
David-Antiochus et Stratonice.jpg
ArtistJacques-Louis David
Year1774
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions120 cm × 155 cm (47 in × 61 in)
LocationÉcole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris

Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease (French: Érasistrate découvrant la cause de la maladie d’Antiochius dans son amour pour Stratonice) is a 1774 oil painting by French neoclassical artist Jacques-Louis David. The work is a history painting depicting an episode from Plutarch's Lives in which Greek court physician Erasistratus diagnoses the illness of Antiochus, the son of Seleucus I, as lovesickness for his stepmother Stratonice. The painting was awarded the 1774 Prix de Rome by the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Antoine Schnapper (ed.) and Arlette Sérullaz, Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825 : catalogue de l'exposition rétrospective Louvre-Versailles 1989-1990, Paris, Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1989