The Death of Epaminondas, Isaac Walraven, 1726
Epaminondas was a Theban general who led the battle against Sparta in ancient Greece. His death from this struggle is an episode that was seldom depicted. These kinds of far-fetched and complex compositions were popular in the early 18th century. They allowed the painter to display his erudition and his masterly command of the full range of human feelings and emotional states.