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Delacroix and the Jews of North Africa

11 days ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

Long before his death and canonization, Eugène Delacroix-currently the subject of a massive retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan-was a semifictional, heroic character, created in some large part by the artist himself. In a famous photograph, he cuts a figure as striking as any in his paintings, eyes narrowed dramatically, right hand tucked in his jacket à la Napoleon, mouth curled downward in a comical display of seriousness.
A key chapter of Delacroix's self-made epic was his 1832 trip to Africa, for which he paid his own way on a ship full of French diplomats in...
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