The Cost of Freedom

The Wealth of Libya

1774: The Reverse Legend in Latin announces that Massilia is strengthened by the wealth (opibus) of Libya.  The French ships are shown approaching the north African shore.  A classicizing personification of the continent holds out her bounty.   However, unlike the classical prototypes the artist has taken extra efforts to depict racial features.  The walls of Massilia are seen in the distance behind the back of the personification.