Fan with a Scene of Hector's Farewell to his Family

Unknown2nd quarter of 18th c.

The Wilanów Palace Museum

The Wilanów Palace Museum
Warsaw, Poland

Hector is depicted at the moment when he reaches out to Astyanax, held by Andromache. The child, frightened at the sight of a basinet and shiny armour, turns his head away. The maker of the painted decoration on the fan was only partially faithful to the literary model. He enhanced the scene by adding more characters: Eniopeus driving Hector's chariot, and some soldiers and Trojan women, but he dispensed with the servant, who in Homer's version hands Astyanax to his father.


  • Title: Fan with a Scene of Hector's Farewell to his Family
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2nd quarter of 18th c.
  • Location Created: Western Europe
  • Technique: leaf: gouache and gilding on paper; sticks:carved, pierced and painted ivory inlaid with mother-of-pearl
  • Provenance: Purchased in 2007 by the Wilanów Palace Museum.
  • Physical Dimensions: w500 x h296 x d25 mm
  • Alternate Title: Wachlarz ze sceną pożegnania Hektora z rodziną
  • Type: Decorative arts
  • Rights: Wilanów Palace Museum, Photo: Z. Reszka

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