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The oil painting The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire rendered by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner was made in 1817, two years after he had painted The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire.
Inspired by the epic poem Aeneid, written by Virgil, Turner depicted the story of Dido and her Trojan lover Aeneas. In the first canvas the artist shows the founding of the city of Carthage and in this one, the fall of its empire. He did this in style inspired by the French painter Claude Lorrain.
Lorrain’s paintings frequently showed a landscape with a centralized setting sun reflecting on the water. It could be a marine or a scene with a river. In this work, Turner also placed the sun in a central area of the canvas in a sunset which represented the decay of Carthage. The scene is very similar to the one of the Rise of the Carthaginian Empire, with the difference that the city is now finished in contrast with the construction site of the first work.
The color palette of this rendering is warm, which reinforces the sensation of a sunset. The sky shows beautiful colors on the upper corner of the canvas. The gradient of blue, which goes from a darker hue on the upper corners to a clearer one in the center has its complementary color in the rest of the painting. The city presents shades of browns with traces of orange, which is the complementary color of blue. The presence of both complementary colors in the same composition gives a vibrant effect to it.
In the foreground, Turner used very dark colors, giving a pessimist mood to the scene. Also in this bottom side of the picture, we can see fallen objects which indicate that some fight or battle took place there.
The painting that pairs this one was considered by Turner one of his masterpieces. He even thought of asking for it to be buried with him after his death. However, he changed his mind and asked for it to be always hanged side by side with one of Claude Lorrain’s work, which inspired Turner’s depiction.
In this canvas, Turner did not make use of his innovative techniques, which made his works distance from the style of his Romantic contemporaries and approach the style of the art movement that would follow his, the Impressionism.
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