Daily Dose of Art #9: Jacques-Louis David – Diana and Apollo Killing Niobe’s Children (1772)

The Greek Gods could be unpredictable and cruel in their actions. When Niobe – daughter of Tantalus- mentioned in a speech “I have seven sons and seven daughters, and look for sons-in-law and daughters-in-law of pretensions worthy of my alliance. Have I not cause for pride? Will you prefer to me this Latona, the Titan’s daughter, with her two children? I have seven times as many. Fortunate indeed am I, and fortunate I shall remain! Will any one deny this?”, the Gods responded by killing them all. Artemis (Diana) killed her 7 daughters and Apollo her 7 sons.