Liberty Leads the Way in Delacroix's Revolutionary Portrait

In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, explore “Liberty Leading the People”, the iconic image of the French Revolution of 1830 that is now in the collection of the Louvre. Having witnessed the revolution first-hand, Eugéne Delacroix embarked on this patriotic work, commenting “If I haven’t fought for my country, at least I’ll paint for her”. Delacroix depicts liberty as the semi-naked Marianne, very much a progressive icon of womanhood at the time. Filled with symbols and characters, this monumental work has continued to serve as an iconic image in the ongoing fight for freedom and human rights.

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