The oath of the horatii by david 1784 consider the art institution called the academy and what this work can tell us about the french academy and what constitutes academic practices. A subject taken from roman history, not from the artist"s lifetime. The brothers swear an oath to their father that they will unite forces against a rival family (alba family). Outline of the figures and definition of the legs. Representation of expression and you can the skeletal form underneath the body. Implied lines to the swords and the hands. Makes his work different from most renaissance works. After the revolution this work came to be known as a pictorial call to arms. These men not seen as unified under patriarchal figure but having right to choose who they united with. The work basically denies the artist"s work over the hand. No sign of a paint brush on this canvas.