Jean Broc (1771–1850) was a
French Neo-Classical painter. His most famous work, The Death of
Hyacinthos, was completed in 1801 and is an oil on canvas. This
subject matter is often associated with potentially homoerotic
themes. Hyacinthus, a young male beauty, was involved with the god
Apollo. One day, while playing with a discus, Hyachinthus was struck
with the object and consequently met his demise. The aforementioned
painting reflects Apollo's mourning for his dead partner. Some myths
link a jealous Zephyr to the incident, blaming his jealousy of
Hyacinthus for a gust of wind resulting in the youth's death..
Broc studied under Jacques-Louis
David and is well known for the cultivation of the intellectual
group known as LES PRIMITIFS (aka Barbus or "The Bearded Ones").
The Death of Hyacinthos
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