Musée d'Orsay: Tony Robert-Fleury The Last Day of Corinth

Tony Robert-Fleury
The Last Day of Corinth

The Last Days of Corinth
Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1911)
The Last Days of Corinth
Before 1870
Oil on Canvas
H. 400; W. 400 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

The Last Day of Corinth


In 146BC, the Greek city of Corinth fell into the hands of Rome. Robert-Fleury depicts the moment when the Roman army enters the plundered city.
The women of Corinth, dreading the fate that awaited them, take refuge at the foot of the statue of Athena.

The work of the young artist, who took three years to finish his painting of 24m2, was awarded a medal of honour at the Salon.
The critics, however, were quite harsh about the painting: “We look, we admire, but we are not gripped” (C. Lemonnier).


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