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Unformatted text preview: the classical literature and ideas of romanticism put the painting on the verge between neoclassicism and romanticism. I must say that I saw the original painting several times in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. This is my favorite painting of all times. The painting is huge and occupies a whole wall in the museum. I agree with Walter Scott, who gave it the seal of his approbation when, having contemplated it in silence for over an hour, he proclaimed it an epic (Rice 54). I never spent less than an hour in front of it myself. The small reproductions that we can find in books or on the web will not impress a person who never saw the original painting....
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- Fall '10