The Two Majesties ~ A Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme

The Two Majesties (1883) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was a salon painter and professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The Two Majesties shows a stately lion regarding the setting sun over a bleak ocean landscape. The lion is the single vertical element in the painting, against the horizontal planes of the landscape.

The Death of Caesar ~ A Painting by Jean Léon Gérôme

Gérôme ~ The Death of Caesar

The Death of Caesar (1867) by Jean Léon Gérôme

On this day, March 15, in the year 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated. French painter Jean Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) painted The Death of Caesar, finishing it in 1867. The painting shows the assassination after it has taken place. Caesar’s bloody body, covered with a sheet, lies in the foreground, as the participants in the killing are exiting the room.