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In Our Time

BBC Radio 4

Society & Culture, History

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Society & Culture 60
History 20

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

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Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People

October 20th, 2011

Episode 154 of 522 episodes

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People. In 1830 revolution once more overtook France, when a popular uprising toppled the French king Charles X. A few months later, the artist Eugene Delacroix immortalised the events of the July Revolution in a painting which remains one of the icons of the age. His allegorical depiction of a Paris barricade, with the figure of Liberty clutching a tricolore while standing on a pile of corpses, is a powerful image which has provoked much debate in the years since it was first unveiled to an enthusiastic public.Producer: Natalia Fernandez.

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