I chose a central theme studied during my high school: Romanticism. This period in art could be described as the century of emotions. From Goethe’s book “Werther“, to the painting of Eugène Delacroix, the artists here were trying to explicitly say that emotions matter as much as reason. In the paintings is possible to see that in the anthropocentrism present, as well as the contrasts, the vivid colors and frequent representation of romantic literature.
The best example is the first one in the collection: Eugène Delacroix, Death of Sardanapalus, 1827, (145 in × 195 in). Here is depicted the story of the Sardanapalus, the last king of Assyria, and the play by Lord Byron with the same name. The vivid colors and contrast are the most explicit characteristics of romanticism, but there is also the emotion in the expressions, and the contrast between the indifference of the king in his bed, and all the motion and commotion in front of him.