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Sunday Art History 101 - Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix
La Mort de Sardanapale (Death of Sardanapalus), 1827.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Height: 3.9 m (12.8 ft); Width: 4.9 m (16.2 ft)
Louvre Museum

Sardanapalus, king of Assyriais, is portrayed as a decadent figure who spends his life in self-indulgence and upon hearing of his incipient defeat, had all his precious possessions, including concubines, female and male, destroyed in an orgy of destruction.


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