And Still It Moves, Daumier, 1834

Below, Honore Daumier, A Modern Galileo — And Still it Moves, 1834. This lithograph depicts a man locked in prison for his political beliefs.  He is being asked by the bailiff to renounce his views if he wishes to be set free.  Like Galileo who knew that the earth moved around the sun and not vice versa, the man here can be made to deny what he knows to be true about the rights of men, but that truth remains.  The Frenchman Daumier was the greatest political cartoonist and caricaturist who ever lived.

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