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.
noor sa asked
what is the symbolizes of the book that showen on the painting of rubens??
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
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.
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|Title||Achilles Recognised Among the Daughters of Lycomedes|
|Material and technique||Oil on panel|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 62 cm
Height 45.5 cm
Peter Paul Rubens
|Accession number||2310 (OK)|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)|
|Age artist||Between 53 and 58 years old|
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the artist
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