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Achilles Trails Hector's Body after his Chariot. Paolo and Francesca(?),

Bertel Thorvaldsen1804/1805

Thorvaldsens Museum

Thorvaldsens Museum

The principal motif in this drawing is in literary terms taken from the Iliad, and in artistic terms presumably from John Flaxman’s 1793 illustrations to that work. Hector has numerous deaths on his conscience in the Trojan war, but Achilles, the finest of the Greek warriors, is his slayer. In accordance with Homer’s wishes, Thorvaldsen emphasises his supremacy in this splendid drawing. The sketch of the amorous couple is due to inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy.

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  • Title: Achilles Trails Hector's Body after his Chariot. Paolo and Francesca(?),
  • Date Created: 1804/1805
  • Sculptor: Bertel Thorvaldsen
  • Physical Dimensions: w34 x h22 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thorvaldsens Museum

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