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The Chariot of Death
The revolution of 1848 had a profound effect on the romantic spirit of certain artists. This is the case of Théophile Schuler, a painter from Strasbourg. The painting, completed in 1851, is one of the masterpieces of the Unterlinden Museum. The chariot of death, drawn by thirteen macabre horses, carries away all men, regardless of their social category or age, and all categories of the mind. The arts are not spared, evoked both by female figures and by the tombstone bearing the painter’s name in the centre of the composition.
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