Eugene Delacroix’s “The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople” is a prime example of his characteristic Romanticism style, completed in 1840 and commissioned by Louis-Philippe. The painting, measuring 411 x 497 cm, depicts the climax of the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Delacroix’s account showcases his independence from historical documentation and highlights his artistic license.
“The Entry of the Crusaders into Constantinople” was painted for Louis-Philippe’s new historical galleries at Versailles and is one of Delacroix’s masterpieces. The painting depicts a chaotic scene with intricate details, which portrays the sacking and fall of Constantinople vividly. Despite many inaccuracies portrayed in the artwork concerning what happened historically to Byzantine Emperor Alexios IV Angelos during this time period, it serves as an essential historic document as well as a work of art.
Though “The Entry Of The Crusaders Into Constantinople” may not be entirely accurate concerning its historical content or events that took place during that time, its significance lies in its contribution to Romanticism art movement history portraying emotion over reason through visual storytelling techniques. The piece is on display at Musée du Louvre in Paris for visitors to view in person.