An interesting perspective on David's Death of Bara was provided by the exhibition of the painting held in Avignon in 1989 as part of the bicentenary commemorations. Jean-Clément Martin described his reactions in an essay of 1990, updated for his 2012 book La machine à fantasmes.
EXHIBITION: La mort de Bara. De l'évenement au mythe. Autour du tableau de Jacques-Louis David. At Avignon, 18th January to 15 March 1989.
David's painting took central stage, enthroned in the middle of the chapel, on what was once the site of the altar. Although he was very familiar with the image, Jean-Clément found himself taken by surprise: