Achilles was killed by Paris, the son of the Trojan king Priam, when he was waiting the arrival of Polyxena, the daughter of Priam, in the temple of Apollo Thymbraeus. While Achilles was making a sacrifice in honour of his forthcoming marriage to Polyxena, Paris, assisted by Apollo, shot him in his only vulnerable spot - the heel. The last sketch in the series shows Paris on the left next to Apollo, shooting the arrow. The dying Achilles is supported by a man who has been identified as Automedon or Odysseus. The priest looks at Achilles in despair, a third figure, Antilochus, turns away in fear towards Paris and Apollo. This is the last of a series of eight oil sketches showing scenes from the life of the Greek hero Achilles.
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|Title||The Death of Achilles|
|Material and technique||Oil on panel|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 45.3 cm
Width 46 cm
Peter Paul Rubens
|Accession number||1760 e (OK)|
|Credits||Schenking / Donation: D.G. van Beuningen 1933|
|Age artist||Between 53 and 58 years old|
|Collector||Collector / D.G. van Beuningen|
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Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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Peter Paul Rubens
Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640
The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...Bekijk het volledige profiel