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The Abduction of Rebecca

Throughout his career, Delacroix was inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott, a favorite author of the French Romantics. This painting depicts a scene from Ivanhoe: the Jewish heroine Rebecca, who had been confined in the castle of Front de Boeuf (seen in flames), is carried off by two Saracen slaves commanded by the covetous Christian knight Bois-Guilbert. The contorted, interlocking poses and compacted space, which shifts abruptly from the elevated foregound to the fortress behind, create a sense of intense drama. Apart from the still life at lower left, the only element of calm is Rebecca herself.

Credit: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1903...

1846
Oil on canvas
100.3 x 81.9cm
03.30
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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