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The Horses of Achilles

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Style of Anthony van DYCK , 1599 - 1641

The Horses of Achilles


Date: 1635-45
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 105.5 x 91.5 cm
Acquisition credit: Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838

Achilles, the Greek hero, had two horses, Xanthus and Balius, which were the offspring of Zephyrus, a wind god. Homer 'Iliad', XVI, 146. The wind god, top right, is probably intended as a personification of Zephyrus.

Painted in Van Dyck's style of the 1620s, and perhaps executed in the second half of the 17th century or in the early 18th century, this picture is proof that Van Dyck's sketches were sought after and imitated at an early date.

Subjects

Mythological

Keywords

Animals, Horse, Horses, Animal, Mythological, Vertical, Mythology, Horses of Achilles, Xanthus, Balius, Zephyrus, Wind god, cartellino, Greek myth, White

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