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The Inevitable Outcome of Politics – Illustrated

2016/03/06

The Consummation – The decadence seen in every detail of this cityscape foreshadows the inevitable fall of this mighty civilization.

The Consummation of Empire

The Consummation of Empire. Oil on canvas, 1836, Source Explore Thomas Cole

The Destruction – The action is the sack and destruction of the city, in the course of a tempest seen in the distance. It seems that a fleet of enemy warriors has overthrown the city’s defenses, sailed up the river, and is busily firing the city and killing and raping its inhabitants.

The Course of Empire Destruction

The Course of Empire Destruction. Oil on canvas, 1836. Source Explore Thomas Cole

Desolation – This gloomy picture symbolizes what all empires could be after their fall. It is a harsh possible future in which humanity has been destroyed by its own hands.

Desolation. Oil on canvas, 1836. Source Explore Thomas Cole

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