Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People
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Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People

November 29, 2019


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  1. Great video as always! But, I would like more on what specifically make Delacroix's painting romantic. To me it is almost pre-realism with the themes of class, change and the horrors of reality and the fact the Delacroix wants to instigate ideological debate.

  2. Blegh, Delacroix, one of my least favorite artists.

    But anywho will you guys go see the Michelangelo exhibition at the Met during Novemeber? It'll have 150 drawings made by him.

  3. A lot of people including French think this painting is about the 1789 Revolution and don't know anything about the 1830 Three Glorious Days

  4. I think this is my favorite smarthistory video. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker have such good voices. They so accurately voice the emotion and energy of the painting.

  5. I used to rule the world
    Seas would rise when I gave the word
    Now in the morning I sleep alone
    Sweep the streets I used to own
    I used to roll the dice, feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
    Listen as the crowd would sing
    Now the old King is dead, long live the King
    One minute I held the key
    Next the walls were closed on me
    And I discovered that my castles stand
    Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

    I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
    Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
    Be my mirror, my sword and shield
    My missionaries in a foreign field
    For some reason I can't explain
    Once you go there was never
    Never an honest word
    And that was when I ruled the world

    It was the wicked and wild wind
    Blew down the doors to let me in
    Shattered windows and the sound of drums
    People couldn't believe what I'd become
    Revolutionaries wait
    For my head on a silver plate
    Just a puppet on a lonely string
    Oh who would ever want to be king?

    I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
    Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
    Be my mirror, my sword and shield
    My missionaries in a foreign field
    For some reason I can't explain
    I know Saint Peter won't call my name
    Never an honest word
    But that was when I ruled the world

    I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
    Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
    Be my mirror, my sword and shield
    My missionaries in a foreign field
    For some reason I can't explain
    I know Saint Peter won't call my name
    Never an honest word
    But that was when I ruled the world…

  6. Delacroix Horse's Eyes by Nicholas Siderakis

    When viewing the painter's masterpiece (The Massacre of Chios)

    Look at the Massacre !

    Don't see it ?

    Stare into Delacroix horse's sorrowful round eyes

    They're a gateway, a portal

    The horse distraught and horrified

    Its white mane stained red

    By Chians in bondage

    Tyrants ready to sell them in Constantinople's markets

    Or to slaughter them like cattle by the thousands

    Oh! Look all around you I tell ya

    Tears trickling down mastic trees stem

    For they are living witnesses to the carnage

    Stare even deeper into Delacroix horse's eyes

    If a picture could speak a million words

    This would be it

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