nude figure wearing a helmet, riding on a chariot pulled by horses in LLC, dragging a nude dead male figure behind it, with an allegorical winged figure in URQ

Achille trascina il corpo di Ettore (Achilles dragging the body of Hector around the wall of Troy), c. 1648

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Homer's Illiad inspired this harrowing scene. Achilles avenged the death of his friend Patroclus by killing Hector and then tied the body to a chariot and dragged it around the walls fo Troy. Pietro Testa borrowed ancient monuments of Rome (the Colosseum, the Torre delle Milizei, and the Pantheon) for his backdrop. On the parapet above the arched gate, Hector's wife, Andromache, faints, and other bystanders seems anquished as well. Nevertheless, Fame is crowns Achilles with a laurel wreath.

Pietro Testa developed his own classicizing vocabulary, but the nudity that he adopted from antique sculptures did not completely appeal to a previous owner of this print. Someone has used a pen to add fig leaves to cover the genitals of Achilles and Hector and the breast of Fame.

Details
Title
Achille trascina il corpo di Ettore (Achilles dragging the body of Hector around the wall of Troy)
Artist Life
(Lucchese), 1612–1650
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.69.26
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch XX.221.22 Nagler Kunstlerlexikon 22 LeBlanc 21 Bellini 37 I/IV Illustrated Bartshc/Bellini .022, II/VI Cropper 121 I/IV
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nude figure wearing a helmet, riding on a chariot pulled by horses in LLC, dragging a nude dead male figure behind it, with an allegorical winged figure in URQ