A talk by Professor Vrasidas Karalis
The talk focuses on the famous works of Eugène Delacroix inspired by the Greek Revolution, illustrating the themes of catastrophe and horror combined with the hope of liberty. While disseminating the ideal of revolutionary sacrifice, Delacroix promoted a revolutionary aestheticism which indirectly prepared the stage for the great social revolutionary movements in nineteenth-century Europe. Furthermore, he idealized the Greeks through visual perceptions that led to the earliest form of orientalism. The lecture argues for the Revolution’s European significance, not simply as a political and social event but as a regime change in the practice of visual representation and the interpretation of art.