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).