Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
“The Anger of Achilles” (also known as the “Sacrifice of Iphigenie”) (1819)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
In the painting we see the Ancient Greek poetess Sappho and her beloved, Phaon. Cupid, who holds out to Sappho a lyre (emblem of music and poetry), symbolizes the idea of love as a source of creative inspiration. On Sappho’s knees is a scroll with a Greek inscription, the first lines of her First Ode: dedicated to Phaon. The historically convincing depiction of Classical attire, shoes and details in the interior is combined with a sentimental, lyrical interpretation of loving harmony, revealed in the languid voluptuousness of the poses, and even such traditional metaphors for love as the pair of kissing doves and the two trees in the landscape.
So, let’s take a look at what we see here. The first thing you notice is the missing puzzle piece with a lone red rose laying on the bed. Red roses normally symbolize undying love and affection, and most importantly, loyalty.
Next we have the two items of wall art, namely the painting and the calendar. These are both extremely interesting. The painting is La Mort de Marat, or, The Death of Marat, by Jacques-Louis David in 1793. The calendar is simple, showing only the month of November, however the date of the 5th is circled in red. This represents Guy Fawkes Day (see excerpts below).
And, more specifically on Guy Fawkes Day:
All three of these things in one teaser together are fascinating. We already know B.A.P are a very, very socially aware group. Personally, with the state of politics the way it is not only in Korea, but worldwide, I would not be surprised if this ended up being a social commentary on the current state of events.