The Greek war of independence resonated deeply with European intellectuals and artists alike, from Byron to Delacroix, the stoic struggle of a subjugated people against all odds becoming a key inspiration to the Romantic movement. Originally from Gotha in Thuringia, Paul Emil Jacobs studied at the Munich Academy. It may well have been his contact with the many Greek artists who trained there that inspired his own journey to Greece, and indeed this painting.
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