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The Death of Sardanapalus

Art Investigation series

 The "Art Investigation" series sets out to solve the mystery of nine works of art in the Musée du Louvre. In what context and circumstances were they made? Who shaped their destinies? How did they come into being… and how did they arrive at the Louvre?

Author(s): Françoise Docquiert

Director(s): Sam Caro

Scientific advisor(s): Sébastien Allard, Arlette Sérullaz

When this monumental painting by Delacroix was exhibited at the Paris Salon, it created an instant scandal. The presentation of this work marked an important date in the history of the French Romantic movement, which was still in its infancy. The painting can be considered a manifesto of Romanticism, an art of feeling, realism, and visual tension.






26 minutes


Patrick de Carolis, Éclectic Production, avec la participation de France 5, Musée du Louvre

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