His subjects were familiar to his audience through general upper-class culture, books, plays and the Scriptures. The second stage of the competition, the painted studies from the figure, was judged along with the previous sketches and no more than ten contestants were selected to continue. When the lictors brought him the news, they found him plowing his fields, the scene depicted by the contestants. While Louis was king, the University of Paris was an unparalleled magnet for students from throughout Europe. The Fallen Angel,
Cabanel was again entrusted with the ceiling of the Grand Salon, for which he conceived and designed The Dream of Life , an attractive ensemble, surrounded by an opulent adornment of white stucco and gold. She was the wife of King Ahasuerus, and together they ruled over provinces from India to Ethiopia.