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A passionate, anarchical, and emotional painting a riot of excess, eroticism, and sadism. One of the most romantic paintings of the Romantic epoch; when it was first exhibited it produced a frisson of admiration mixed with horror at the barbarism of the image. The painting shows King Sardanapalus whose empire was being ravaged by the Medes, apparently unconcerned that his life, time, and empire have come to a crushing end. It illustrates the legend of King Assyrien who, besieged, had cut the throats of his wives and his horses, before following them in death.
Paris, France, Style: French Romantic, School: Romantic, Movement: Romanticism, French, Painting;, Painting
Style: French Romantic; School: Romantic; Movement: Romanticism; French; Painting;
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Unknown, "The Death of Sardanapalus Mort de Sardanapale" (2022). Art and Art History Collection (Saskia). 2707.