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Achilles carries Penthesilea through Doubtful Sound

Marian Maguire2002

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Marian Maguire references ancient Greek vase paintings to make statements about culture, colonial history, and the role of mythmaking in defining perspective and understanding. Maguire’s 2002 'Southern Myths' series is a revisualisation of Homer’s Iliad in the South Island of New Zealand. In transplanting ancient stories of war, death, love and remorse into the epic landscape of contemporary New Zealand, Maguire fuses various mythologies relating to people and the land for local and contemporary resonance.

In this artwork Achilles ignores Penthesilea’s pleas for mercy and kills her during the battle at Troy. Initially unmoved by her death, he is subsequently remorseful when he removes her helmet. The setting of the scene in the Doubtful Sound suggests his uncertainty about his actions.

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  • Title: Achilles carries Penthesilea through Doubtful Sound
  • Creator: Marian Maguire
  • Date Created: 2002
  • Physical Dimensions: w640 x h535mm
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003, http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/page/copyright-and-privacy
  • External Link: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • Medium: etching

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