Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, “The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410″, 1890, Oil on Canvas
Joseph-Noël Sylvestre was a French artist, notable for his studies of classic scenes from antiquity. He was born in Beziers in South-West France in 1847, training as an artist first in Toulouse under Thomas Couture, then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel. He was an exponent of the romantic Academic art style, also known as art pompeir. “The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410″ is an example of this style.