Lot 1015
 

1015

Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini
Antique Figures among Ruins (Achilles and Penthesilea)
Oil on canvas
53 1/4 x 37 3/4 inches (135.2 x 96 cm)
Provenance:
Private collection, Belle Meade, TN, acquired circa 1944
By descent in the family to the present owner
Private collection, New York
In Greek mythology, Penthesilea was an Amazon queen greatly renowned for her valor, who accidently killed her sister while they were hunting. To atone for her sister's death, she traveled to Troy to fight against the Greeks during the Trojan War. Although various versions of her legend can be found in Greek and Roman literature, all of them agree that she was killed in battle by the Greek hero Achilles. Most of these accounts also say that as she was dying, Achilles fell in love with her. These tragic events clearly appealed to the romantic imagination of the ancient world, since they were told repeatedly by poets and historians throughout the classical age, and were often depicted in both Greek and Roman art. This 18th-century painting revives the story once again as a vignette in a capriccio of ruins.

Sold for $6,300
Estimated at $8,000 - $12,000

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Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini
Antique Figures among Ruins (Achilles and Penthesilea)
Oil on canvas
53 1/4 x 37 3/4 inches (135.2 x 96 cm)
Provenance:
Private collection, Belle Meade, TN, acquired circa 1944
By descent in the family to the present owner
Private collection, New York
In Greek mythology, Penthesilea was an Amazon queen greatly renowned for her valor, who accidently killed her sister while they were hunting. To atone for her sister's death, she traveled to Troy to fight against the Greeks during the Trojan War. Although various versions of her legend can be found in Greek and Roman literature, all of them agree that she was killed in battle by the Greek hero Achilles. Most of these accounts also say that as she was dying, Achilles fell in love with her. These tragic events clearly appealed to the romantic imagination of the ancient world, since they were told repeatedly by poets and historians throughout the classical age, and were often depicted in both Greek and Roman art. This 18th-century painting revives the story once again as a vignette in a capriccio of ruins.

Glue relined. Several small repaired tears, two in the upper central reagion, another in the upper left quadrant. Another on the cornice of the round structure at right. A few shadows on the architecture reinforced. Some touches of restoration near the lower right corner.

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