- Author: Eugene delacroix
- Museum: The Louvre
- Year: 1827 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Death of Sardanapal - Eugene Delacroix. 1827
In 1821, the English poet Byron wrote a tragedy based on the legend of King Sardanapale. Six years later, the poem inspired Delacroix, the great master of epic paintings, to create a great dramatic composition. While the enemies are preparing to rush into the city through the gaps in the destroyed walls, Sardanapal lies, leaning, on his bed, gazing at the sight of massacre and confusion. In addition to the contemplation of the king and servant, suing him poison for suicide, the other figures writhing in an orgy of violence and despair. The painting by Delacroix is a characteristic work of French romanticism of the early 19th century; there is a powerful energy in it; the glitter of gold, pearls and precious stones is transmitted by bright colors applied with powerful strokes.
SARDANAPALUS. According to legend, Sardanapal was the king of Assyria in the VII century. BC e., leading a dissolute life of luxury and luxury. Being besieged in his capital by the Indo-European tribe of the Medes, after two years of siege, he decided not to surrender to the enemies and destroy the entire city with all its wealth. Preparing to take poison, Sardanapal ordered his wives, servants and treasures to be burned with him in a huge funeral pyre. The same fate awaited his favorite concubine, Mirra, who was honored to mix her ashes with her ashes. This hellish fire burned for 15 days.
Other paintings by Eugene Delacroix
Panther attacking rider
Tiger and lion
Lion Hunt in Morocco
Portrait of Chopin
Ovid among the Scythians
Portrait of George Sand
Greece on the ruins of Missolong
The entry of the crusaders into Constantinople
Christ in the Sea of Galilee
Watch the video: Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus (April 2020).