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