Thomas Couture: Romans in Decadence of Empire (1847)

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Oil on canvas – On display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

French artist Thomas Couture painted Romans in Decadence of Empire for historical depiction of the decay of Roman culture near the collapse of the Empire.  In many ways, the decay of American culture today parallels that of the Romans above. The Saturnalian employs the painting as its header to illustrate the atmosphere of a typical Saturnalian celebration and as representation of the American empire’s decline today.

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