(b. 1798, Charenton-Saint-Maurice, d. 1863, Paris)
Apollo Vanquishing the Python1850-51
Mural painting, about 800 x 750 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This is the central panel of the vaulted ceiling of the Galerie d'Apollon in the Louvre.
One of Delacroix's lesser-known masterpieces, the subject-matter was dictated by its destination. Apollo Vanquishing the Python shows the painter working in a direct line from the great decorators of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, without losing any of his own ardor or lyricism.