This is a painting of the king of Sparta, Leonidas, that is moved by his daughters pled and tears that instead of sentencing his son-in-law to death. Banishes his would be usurp from their city state. This speaks highly of the trials of Greek life and how each city state, like Sparta, had their own challenges. This piece also goes along with the importance of color for this gallery. Darker colors towards the edges. Allows the center of the painting to come to life and really brings the drama to the front to be observed and contemplated.