Eugène Delacroix   "The Bride of Abydos"  1857


Eugène Delacroix   "The Bride of Abydos"  1857
Oil on canvas. The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, USA.

The Bride of Abydos is a poem (1813). Pasha Giaffir plans to marry his beautiful daughter Zudeika to his ally, rich, but old, Bey of Garasman. The girl asks her brother Selim to save her from this marriage, and he takes her to his hiding place, where he reveals himself as her cousin and a pirate. Selim asks Zuleika to share his life, she falls in love with him and agrees; but her father and his soldiers find them and Selim is killed,  Zuleika dies of grief.