Henry Fuseli

Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army

Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army by Henry Fuseli
Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army by Henry Fuseli

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Patroclus borrows the protective armour of Achilles and wears it into battle against the Trojans, only to be slain by Hector. Intent on revenge Achilles confronts the Trojans draped in the goddess Minerva’s aegis, instead of his armour. Standing at the edge of the trench beyond the wall of Troy, he shouts, his cries echoed by Minerva, who can be seen hovering over Achilles, having kindled a flame to emphasise his rage. In terror, the Trojan soldiers then draw back from the corpse of Patroclus, allowing the Achaens to recover his body and mourn his loss. (Homer’s Iliad 18, lines 201–29)

Title
Achilles crying out at the trench, confusing the Trojan Army
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1815
Medium
pencil with mauve and grey wash
Dimensions
400 x 277 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/71
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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