Artwork Title: Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind - Artist Name: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind

Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896

Monday morning usually greets the world like the woman in this painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme. The figure of truth emerges from a well holding a scourge with which to shame and punish humankind. The image makes literal reference to a saying by the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC): “Truth lies at the bottom of a well." Some have interpreted the painting as a reference to the Dreyfus affair, while others discuss it in the context of a quote by Gérôme that "thanks to photography, Truth has finally left her well.” (
allegorynude femaleoil on canvas

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