Eugène Delacroix – Virtual Tour
Eugène Delacroix (1798 – 1863) was an artist regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school.
Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement.
Dramatic and romantic content characterized the central themes, which led him to travel in North Africa in search of the exotic.
A Virtual Tour of Eugène Delacroix
Highlights of Eugène Delacroix’s Art
“The Death of Sardanapalus” by Eugène Delacroix depicts the tale of Sardanapalus, a king of Assyria, who, according to an ancient story, exceeded all previous rulers in sloth and decadence.
He spent his whole life in self-indulgence, and when he wrote his epitaph, he stated that physical gratification is the only purpose of life.
His debauchery caused dissatisfaction within the Assyrian empire, allowing conspiracies against him to develop.
Sardanapalus failed to defeat the rebels, and then enemies of the empire join the battle against him. When Sardanapalus’ last defenses collapsed and to avoid falling into the hands of his enemies, Sardanapalus ordered a huge funeral pyre for himself. On the Pyre was piled all his gold and valuables.