Friday, August 14, 2009

Assassination of Messalina

The death of Messalina by the French painter Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse (1859-1938).

Rochegrosse was a well known history painter, who turned more and more to oriental subjects. But often he mixed historical and oriental sceneries to dramatic exotic paintings.


  1. It's a conundrum why so few of the academic and historic painters of this era are well known. I wasn't familiar with Rochegrosse before, but I'm glad I am now. Absolutely brilliant.

  2. I didn't know this painter. It's great.

  3. Rochegrosse is very typical for history painting in general. He's nearly forgotten, but many people have seen one or two of his paintings as illustrations in journals, history books even on rock CDs.
    These artists were wiped out by modern art and fell into oblivion.