Delacroix et l'antique

Art, Sculpture
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Delacroix et l'Antique  (© 2015 Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin)
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© 2015 Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin
Bas-relief sur la façade l’atelier de Delacroix
Delacroix Antique ( © Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin / Dist. RMN - Grand Palais )
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© Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin / Dist. RMN - Grand Palais
Détail de la façade de l’atelier d’Eugène Delacroix sur le jardin. Le Sarcophage des muses. Paris, musée national Eugène-Delacroix
Delacroix Antique (© RMN -Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski)
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© RMN -Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski
Eugène Delacroix, Feuille de douze médailles antiques. 1825. Paris, musée national EugèneDelacroix
Delacroix Antique (© Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. Photo François Jay )
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© Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. Photo François Jay
Delacroix Antique (© The Trustees of the British Museum )
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© The Trustees of the British Museum
Archer Archibald (actif entre 1810 et 1845), The Temporary Elgin Room in 1819 with portraits of staff, a trustee and visitors. 1819. Huile sur toile.

A thoughtful exploration of the role of antiquity in the French Romantic’s oeuvre.

It all kicks off with the façade of the famed French Romantic painter’s workshop, on the Rue de Furstenberg. With an intricate décor sculpted by Delacroix himself and clearly suffused with all sorts of classical influences, it’s an appropriate starting point for an exhibit that aims to explore the admiration the painter felt for the art of antiquity (Greek, Etruscan and Roman). Through a canny compilation of various works, sketches and texts, the Musée National Eugène Delacroix and the Louvre’s Department of Antiquities do a very impressive job.

TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER

By: Clotilde Gaillard

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