Death of Sardanapalus

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Death of Sardanapalus
French: La Mort de Sardanapale
Delacroix - La Mort de Sardanapale (1827).jpg
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 145 × 195 inches. It currently hangs in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.[1]

Its most dominant feature is a large divan, with its golden elephants, on which a nude prostrates herself and beseeches the apathetic Sardanapalus for mercy. Sardanapalus (Detail) had ordered his possessions destroyed and 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 colours, 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 repetition painted by Delacroix in 1844 is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[2]


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External video
Delacroix's The Death of Sardanapalus