Enyo (Napoleon's Epilogue)

František Tkadlík

František Tkadlík - Enyo (Napoleon's Epilogue)
Tkadlík finished this mythological allegory, meant as a warning against the horrors of war, upon his arrival in Rome. The atmosphere of the city influenced his work and strengthened his leanings towards Antiquity and Classicism. He sought his inspiration in Homer's Iliad. He painted Enyo, sister and companion of Ares, god of war, flying before his chariot and chasing people from Dionysus's grove. Behind the chariot follow the god's sons Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Horror) together with Misery. The burning building in the background to the right may be either the Colosseum or the Theatre of Marcellus, the remnants of an arch perhaps intended to remind us of the Maxentius basilica. Tkadlík's model for the god Ares was the famous Belvedere Apollo.
measurements: height 100,5 cm
width 137,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 2627
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism