Showcase: Paul Delaroche

Paul Delaroche was a French painter who achieved his greater successes painting history, becoming famous in Europe for his melodramatic scenes that often portrayed subjects from English and French history.

In 1837 Delaroche received the commission for the great picture that came to be known as the Hémicycle, a Raphaelesque tableau influenced by The School of Athens. This was a mural 27 metres (88.5 ft) long, in the hemicycle of the award theatre of the École des Beaux Arts. The painting represents seventy-five great artists of all ages, assembled in groups on either hand of a central elevation of white marble steps, on the topmost of which are three thrones filled by the creators of the Parthenon: architect Phidias, sculptor Ictinus, and painter Apelles, symbolizing the unity of these arts.

 

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