Jacques-Louis David "The death of Marat" (1793)

Since 1893, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium own Jacques Louis David's masterpiece "The death of Marat" (1793). In order to bear witness to the central position of this painting in the advent of modern art, the Royal Museums dedicate an exhibition to this masterpiece of our collections . For the first time, we are offering an unprecedented approach to David's artwork by combining both historical and contemporary views, as well as a scientific approach by presenting to the public of the results of a research campaign that involved laboratory analyses.

The exhibition is structured in three sections giving the public an new understanding of David's work. The first scientific section presents the results of the material and technical study entitled "face to face" conducted on "The death of Marat", which reveals for the first time the underlying sketch of the masterpiece.  This research, carried out by the European Centre for Archaeometry of the University of Liège, is based on the use of scientific imaging techniques and non-invasive physico-chemical analyses carried out in situ.

In a second, historical section, copies and ateliers variants conserved in Reims, Dijon, Paris and Versailles will be presented, as well as a version belonging to a French private collector. Finally, this section will be completed by contemporary interpretations by artists such as Thomas Houseago, Gavin Turk, Jean-Luc Moerman, or a work by Rachel Labastie, who shifts the focus from Marat to Charlotte Corday, the absent protagonist in David's representation. 

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Mail  / +32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday- Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 14:00


+ 1 January | 1 May | 1 & 11 November | 25 December
+ 2nd Thursday of January



Admission with a ticket for the permanent collection

Any person entitled to a free ticket (e.g. ICOM/journalist), is to go directly to our ticketing desk.