The Triumph of Achilles by Franz Matsch Published May 26, 2017 at 1140 × 702 in Guest Post: A Mycenaean Chariot in the Knossos Armory by Richard Vallance ← Previous The Triumph of Achilles by Franz Matsch, a fresco on the upper level of the main hall of the Achilleion at Corfu, Greece. Source: Wikimedia Commons Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestTumblrInstagramRedditLike this:Like Loading...
4 thoughts on “The Triumph of Achilles by Franz Matsch”
Is it possible for someone to identify the characters depicted in this painting
Yes, Andrew. Achilles has just slain Hektor and is holding aloft the helmet of Hektor (which was in fact Achilles’ helmet that Patroklos earlier wore into battle and when he was killed by Hektor, Hektor stripped Patroklos of his armor and put it on). Achilles has avenged the death of Patroklos by killing Hektor, reclaiming his old set of armor, and has tied Hektor’s ankles to Achilles’ chariot. Hektor’s body is being dragged behind the chariot, and Automedon is Achilles’ chariot driver. Read this scene in the Iliad starting at
Book 22, line 321.
The full account can be read here: https://theshieldofachilles.net/disappearance/the-epic-death-of-achilles/
Hope this helps!
Would this be considered late romanticism?
Yes, I believe so. The Met gives a chronology of the Romanticism period from 1800-1900. Franz Matsch painted this in 1897. Here’s an interesting link for more history on this painting: https://thehistorianshut.com/2020/03/24/triumph-of-achilles-painted-in-1892-by-franz-von-matsch-c-1861-1942/