The Romans in their Decadence

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THOMAS COUTURE - Los Romanos de la Decadencia (Museo de Orsay, 1847. Óleo sobre lienzo, 472 x 772 cm).jpg

The Romans in their Decadence (French: Les Romains de la décadence) is a painting by the French artist Thomas Couture, first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1847, a year before the 1848 Revolution which toppled the July Monarchy. It was the most highly-praised work at the Salon.[1] Reminiscent of the style of Raphael, it is typical of the French 'classic' style between 1850 and 1900. It now belongs to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.[2]


  1. ^ Linda Nochlin, Gustave Courbet: A Study of Style and Society (New York: Garland Publishing, 1976), 129-30.
  2. ^ “Musée d’Orsay: Thomas Couture Romans during the Decadence.” Accessed March 3, 2020.