Title of Work
Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 1
UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center
Series: La Caricature
Published in La Cariacture
Original text: Moderne Galilée. Et pourtant elle marche.
The lithograph targets Jean-Charles Persil, Minister of Justice under King Louis Phillippe, who Daumier viewed as a real-life villain. Persil is seen interrogating a political prisoner, who is chained in his cell because he favors republican causes. An allegorical representation of Liberty appears in the air above him.
The print’s title and its caption liken the political prisoner to Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), who after being forced to recant his claims that the Earth moves around the Sun (rather than the other way around), supposedly also said “and yet it moves.”