The Entombment of Atala  1808

by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Chactas the Indian and Father Aubry are burying Atala, heroine of Chateaubriand's novel, published in 1801. Everything about this funerary elogy - the Christian subject, the exotic setting, intense emotions - must have appealed to those who, on the fringes of David's rigor, remained attached to the sacred, to nature and sentiment. [br] [b]A young woman torn between love ...
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