Sardanapalus, (? – 612 BC?)

The Death of Sardanopalus by Delacroix appears in Eloise in Paris which is where I first saw it back when I was in single digits.  Fascinating stuff to a nine year old.  Who on earth were these people and what in heaven’s name was going on here?  The fellow in back looked annoyed but passive, the woman stoic and resigned- why?  That other woman draped over the bed, was she alive or just unconscious? And what on earth was that horse doing there in the bedroom? What was the matter with these people? Continue reading