Death of sardanapalus

Death of Sardanapalus
French: La Mort de Sardanapale
Artist Eugène Delacroix
Year 1827
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 392 cm × 496 cm (145 in × 195 in)
Location Louvre, Paris

Death of Sardanapalus (La Mort de Sardanapale) is an oil painting on canvas, dated 1827 by Eugène Delacroix. Its dimensions are 392 × 496 cm or 12′–1″ × 16′–3″. It currently hangs in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Its most dominant feature is a large concubines murdered before immolating himself, once he learned that he was faced with military defeat.

Death of Sardanapalus is based on the tale of Sardanapalus, the last king of Assyria, from the historical library of Diodorus Siculus, the ancient Greek historian, and is a work of the era of Romanticism. This painting uses rich, vivid and warm colors, and broad brushstrokes. It was inspired by Lord Byron's play Sardanapalus (1821), and in turn inspired a cantata by Hector Berlioz, Sardanapale (1830), and also Franz Liszt's opera, Sardanapale (1845–52, unfinished).

A smaller replica painted by Delacroix in 1844 is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[1]


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External links

  • Louvre catalogue entry
  • 'The Death of Sardanapalus' - Analysis and Critical Reception
  • Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which discusses Death of Sardanapalus
  • Jeff Wall was inspired by this work (TATE Modern).

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