Minerva Fighting Mars
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David produced the painting to compete for the Prix de Rome of 1771 - he and the seven other competitors were assigned the task of painting a new work in 10 weeks on a set subject, which that year was the Iliad. David lost that year to Joseph-Benoît Suvée, finally winning on his fourth attempt in 1774 with Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus' Disease.
- Régis Michel and Marie-Catherine Sahut, David, l'art et le politique, Paris, Gallimard, coll. « Découvertes Gallimard » (n° 46), 1988 (ISBN 2-07-053068-X)