The Sack of Jerusalem by the Romans

François Joseph Heim French

Not on view

Heim, the pre-eminent official painter of the Bourbon Restoration, is one of the least known painters to have achieved fame and success in France in the 1820s. His oil sketches have always been prized by connoisseurs, and this one is especially vigorous. It is one of two preparatory sketches for the much larger picture of the same subject that was shown at the Salon of 1824 (Musée du Louvre, Paris). The painting is filled with dramatic action as the Romans attack the Jerusalemites against a backdrop of classical buildings with crowds gathered on the steps.

The Sack of Jerusalem by the Romans, François Joseph Heim (French, Belfort 1787–1865 Paris), Oil on canvas

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