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Filled with tragedy, sadness and human injustice, the picture of the famous French classicist artist - Belisarius, Jacques Louis David, was painted in oil, in 1781.
The plot of the picture is imbued with sadness, sentimentality and compassion. She tells the story of the Byzantine illustrious commander Belisarius, who was slandered and removed from service, condemning him to wandering and poverty. He began his service in the imperial guard, as an ordinary soldier. During the entire period of service before the onset of the war with the Persians, he already reaches the high rank of commander.
Having won, he was further entrusted with the most difficult battles in Africa to combat vandals. After that, the commander was instructed to expel from Italy ready, and he again coped with all the tasks. However, the war with the Persians recovered again, and Belisarius again sent to Asia, where he triumphantly ended the battle. But the Italians did not calm down and again began to provoke the Byzantines, however, due to various intrigues, the emperor ordered him to retire from business for 12 years, and later ordered him to blind his unfortunate servant. All his property was confiscated.
The picture depicts a moment of surprise of a passing warrior who recognizes in a blind old man the famous military leader who has undergone human ingratitude.
The forward arms of Belisarius, out of desperation, ask for help and alms. Pleas for mercy tear the soul to pieces, and the heart exudes tears.
The guide of the unfortunate person is a boy who sits with an outstretched helmet in his hand. The woman lays alms, and the soldier in the background, raising his palms in amazement, is shocked by the unexpected meeting with his former commander. He hopes in sorrow for the injustice of fate.