The Sacrifice of Polyxena

Giovanni Battista Pittoni

Giovanni Battista Pittoni - The Sacrifice of Polyxena
According to Ovid, Polyxena, the daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecuba, who was betrothed to Achilles, was sacrificed by the Greeks in Thrace as a conciliatory gesture after Achilles death. Dressed in bridal white, Polyxena stands before Achilles's death. Dressed in bridal white. Polyxena stands before Achilles tombstone accepting her irreversible fate with dignity. Surprisingly, Pittoni depicted this emotionally exalted story in a matter-of-fact manner, adding expensive noble costumes and setting the scene in Antiquity.
measurements: height 71,2 cm
width 52,6 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 10461
gallery collection: Collection of Old Masters

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