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Achilles Recognised Among  the Daughters of Lycomedes

Achilles Recognised Among the Daughters of Lycomedes

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1630 - 1635)

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  • noor sa asked

    what is the symbolizes of the book that showen on the painting of rubens??

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Noor,

    In this painting, the book-like shaped object the women on the left is holding is, in fact, a mirror. According to the myth, objects like mirrors were part of those presented to Achilles and the daughters of King Lychomedes by merchants. Achilles, who had disguised himself as a woman, gave away his true identity when he did not admire any of the baubles generally adored by women, but instead picked up the military equipment.

    Kind regards,
    Jephta

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To prevent being sent to Troy, Achilles dressed himself as a girl and mixed with the daughters of King Lycomedes. The Greeks Odysseus and Diomedes came there as tradesmen, selling trinkets for women. There were, however, weapons and helmets among the goods. This oil sketch by Rubens shows how Achilles betrays himself by trying on a helmet. This is the third of a series of eight oil sketches by Rubens, based on the life of the Greek hero Achilles.

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Title Achilles Recognised Among the Daughters of Lycomedes
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 62 cm
Height 45.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2310 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Age artist Between 53 and 58 years old
Exhibitions Schilderkunst uit de eerste hand, Olieverfschetsen van Tintoretto tot Goya (1983)
External exhibitions Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
Material
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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...

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