“The Death of Sardanapalus” by Eugène Delacroix depicts the tale of Sardanapalus, a king of Assyria, who, according to an ancient story, exceeded all previous rulers in sloth and decadence. The king's favorite, Myrrha, lies at his feet, her back naked, her head and arms outstretched on the bed; a guard facing her draws his sword to kill a bare-shouldered female slave. The many preparatory sketches made by the painter over a six-month period, in which he analyzed the movements and positions of the bodies, the accessories, the groups, the tension and dynamics of the scene, and the intensity of expressions, reflect his desire to dominate the overall composition yet preserve its spontaneity. Dorothy Bussy quotes one critic of the work as calling the painting "the fanaticism of ugliness" when it appeared in the Salon in 1828. It currently hangs in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. There are several people being stabbed with knives and one man is dying from a self-inflicted wound from a sword, and a man in the left foreground is attempting to kill an intricately adorned horse. This technique, coupled with rich and intricate ornamentation, creates a strong sense of life, movement, and aesthetic unity. Inspired by Lord Byron’s tragedy, the painting portrays the Assyrian ruler upon a pyre, surrounded by his horses, his treasures, his wives, all the possessions he wanted destroyed with him, sentenced to death for treason. Lion Devouring a Rabbit is a c.1855 painting by the French artist Eugène Delacroix, now in the Louvre in Paris. 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]. Delacroix used a painterly brushstroke in this painting, which allows for a strong sense of movement in the work. [3] This man was not a hero, like the Horatii in Jacques-Louis David’s painting. 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