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"Roman School Of The Seventeenth Century, The Death Of Astianatte "
Roman School of the seventeenth century

The death of Astianatte

Oil on canvas, cm 39 x 51 - With frame, cm 48 x 61


Against the backdrop of the turreted walls of the city in flames is one of the most touching dramas of the Trojan War, the death of little Astianatte, son of Andromaca and Ettore. 

It is a tragedy consumed at the end of the conflict, when all hope for the fate of the Trojans have vanished and now the Greek power rises. Dead all the greatest fighters from Hector to Achilles goes on stage the drama of who remained; the poor women without protection who will become slaves. Most acute of all is the drama of Andromache wife of Hector.  Strong and courageous woman strongly convinced that the value of the family is more important than glory in war will lose everything; first her husband, after the heartbreaking greeting described in Book VI of the Iliad, and then freedom until the last inconsolable pain of the death of his son Astianatte.

Two versions are known about the end of the Trojan heir. Homer gives us the little Astianatte, thrown down from the walls of the city by a cold and ruthless Odysseus, who had just declared that Priam, king of Troy, should no longer have descent.

In truth, the Achaeans were not all inclined to that misdeed, though the indogent Calcant warned them of a probable future revenge of Hector’s son if he lived. A different tradition, followed by the Epic Cycle, is that Astianatte was killed by Neoptolemus, the son of that Achilles who had defeated and killed his father.

Depicted in the painting is the moment before the tragic end, in the grip of pain and despair are depicted Trojan women with Andormaca kneeling asking for mercy for his family. On the contrary, the Greek soldiers take the little Astianatte who with his eyes looks for his frightened mother. 

The object is in good condition

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Price: 2 400 €
Period: 17th century
Style: Other Style
Condition: Good condition

Material: Oil painting

Reference: 1350176
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