This portrait of Suzanne (or Liberty, as she was renamed by the Convention) Le Pelletier de Saint-Fargeau is one that fascinates me, not only because of the soft, gentle depiction and David's mastery, but also because of the story surrounding this girl. Her father was made into one of the Republic's Martyrs of Virtue after his murder, and she, an orphan, was adopted by the Convention as part of their campaign. However, she became a royalist, and after purchasing the painting David made of her father, destroyed it and every copy of it that she could find, ashamed of her father's role in the execution of the king.
Yet here is a portrait of her by the same artist whose picture she destroyed. It makes me wonder what she is thinking as David is painting her, and what he is thinking as he puts brush to canvas. (inspiring, as such things usually do, a story out of me...)