The Easel


Amidst lockdown, a writer reminisces about Delacroix’s The Abduction of Rebecca. At the center of the swirling action is an unconscious Rebecca in the hands of Muslim abductors. Her plight, and her “eroticized female flesh” grabs the viewer’s attention. Here is Delacroix deploying the key elements of his wild Romanticism – “unparalleled physicality, presence, and emotion.”