The Two Foscari

The Two Foscari - Eugène Delacroix ©RMN
1855 - Eugène Delacroix - (Charenton-Saint-Maurice, 1798-Paris, 1863)
The Two Foscari - Eugène Delacroix ©RMN

Romantic painting was keen on covering specific episodes in the history of the Middle Ages, in reaction to the Antiquity-inspired neoclassicism. This painting, exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, represents the doge of Venice Foscari in 1445 and the humiliation he endured during the trial of his son Jacopo: after he confesses, after being submitted to torture, to betraying his country, he is sentenced to banishment; the doge avoids the imploring look in the eyes of his son.