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During the French Revolution, Marat published a newspaper, "L'Ami du peuple" (The Friend of the People), that encouraged the public to resort to violence to bring down the monarchy. He was associated with the Jacobins, the most radical of the revolutionaries. In 1793, he was stabbed to death in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the more moderate Girondist party. His assassination conferred martyr status on Marat for a few years after his death.

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  • Title: Jean-Paul Marat
  • Creator: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Date Created: 1843
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: medallions (medals); portraits
  • Medium: bronze
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Bottom center: DAVID; [Date] Bottom center: 1843; [Inscription] On left: MARAT; [Inscription] On right: C. CORDAY; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
  • Geography: Place of Origin: France
  • Exhibitions: The Portrait Medallions of Pierre-Jean David dΓÇÖAngers (1788-1856). The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2008.
  • Dimensions: Diam: 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters
  • Classification: Metal
  • Accession Number: 54.829

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