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Painted in 1825–1826, a period when Delacroix briefly shared his studio with Bonington, whose influence this painting reveals. It was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1827. The subject is taken from Byron’s 'Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice' (1820), V, iv. Faliero (1274–1355) was elected Doge in 1354 but was executed in the following year after conspiring against the Venetian state. The setting recalls (but does not represent) the Giant’s Staircase of the Doge’s Palace (built 1485–1489), and the costumes, some of the heads of the dignitaries and the rich colouring are derived from Venetian Renaissance painting.
oil on canvas
145.6 x 113.8 cm
perhaps acquired by Sir Richard Wallace, c.1871–1872; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897
The Wallace Collection
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