The Course of Empire – Destruction Canvas

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Thomas Cole‘s “The Course of Empire: Destruction”

The action is the sack and destruction of the city, in the course of a tempest seen in the distance. It seems that a fleet of enemy warriors has overthrown the city’s defenses, sailed up the river, and is busily firing the city and killing and raping its inhabitants. The bridge across which the triumphant procession had crossed is broken; a makeshift crossing strains under the weight of soldiers and refugees. Columns are broken, fire breaks from the upper floors of a palace on the river bank.

In the foreground a statue of some venerable hero (posed like the Borghese Warrior) stands headless, still striding forward into the uncertain future. In the waning light of late afternoon, the dead lie where they fell, in fountains and atop the monuments built to celebrate the affluence of the now fallen civilization. The scene is perhaps suggested by the Vandal sack of Rome in 455. On the other hand, a detail in the lower right of “The Consummation of Empire” shows two children fighting, one clad in red and the other in green—the colors of banners of the two contending forces in “Destruction,” which thus might depict a foreshadowed civil war.

This canvas print was re-touched and repaired by our designers. The dimmed colors and details were highlighted. The canvas print was made to be as livelier as possible by staying true to the original.

We did a proof printing and tested the quality of this painting. When you order; you’ll get a vibrant colored, highest quality digital print, (odorless) with protective lamination coating.

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Canvas Size

100 cm x 70 cm, 70 cm x 50 cm, 50 cm x 30 cm

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