The Death of Sardanapalus

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The Death of Sardanapalus
French: La Mort de Sardanapale
Delacroix - La Mort de Sardanapale (1827).jpg
Artist Eugène Delacroix
Year 1827 and 1844
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 392 cm × 496 cm (154 in × 195 in) and
73.71 cm × 82.47 cm (29.02 in × 32.47 in)
Location Louvre and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Paris and Philadelphia

The Death of Sardanapalus (La Mort de Sardanapale) is an oil painting on canvas by Eugène Delacroix, dated 1827. It currently hangs in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.[1] A smaller replica, painted by Delacroix in 1844, is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[2]


Eugène Delacroix La Mort de Sardanapale, 392 cm × 496 cm (145 in × 195 in) from the Louvre

The painting's 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.

1844 version of the painting (73.71cm × 82.47cm), from Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The 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).


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External video
Delacroix's The Death of Sardanapalus