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Saint-Sulpice Church

Eugène Delacroix, Jacob wrestling with the Angel
Eugène Delacroix, Jacob wrestling with the Angel

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Construction on Saint-Sulpice, one of the largest churches in Paris, began in 1646, but the work was only completed in the early nineteenth century, once Chalgrin had finished the neoclassical façade and the two towers begun by Servandoni.

In 1849, Delacroix received a commission to decorate the Saints-Anges Chapel; he decided to portray Archangel Saint Michael Slaying the Dragon, Heliodorus Driven From the Temple, and Jacob Wrestling With the Angel, often considered by historians to be his spiritual testament.

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