L’enlèvement de Rébecca (1846)

Delacroix, Eugène (1798-1863)

L’enlèvement de Rébecca (The Abduction of Rebecca)
Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 81.9 cm
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York

Throughout his career Delacroix was inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott, a favorite author of the French Romantics. This painting depicts a scene from Ivanhoe: the Jewish heroine Rebecca, who had been confined in the castle of Front de Boeuf (seen in flames), is carried off by two enslaved Muslim warriors commanded by the covetous Christian knight Bois-Guilbert. The contorted, interlocking poses and compacted space, which shifts abruptly from the elevated foreground to the fortress behind, create a sense of intense drama. Apart from the still life at the lower left, the only element of calm is Rebecca herself. (MET)

See also:

Scott, Walter (1771-1832): Ivanhoe (English)