About this artwork
This drawing by Sweden’s most important Neoclassical sculptor and draftsman depicts a scene from Homer’s Iliad, set during the Trojan War.
In the drawing, Chryses, a Trojan priest of Apollo, prays to Apollo for help after Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek army, has refused to return his kidnapped daughter. In response, Apollo inflicts a plague upon the Greeks. Agamemnon returns Chryses’s daughter, but demands Chryses’s second kidnapped daughter, who is held by Achilles, in exchange.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Johan Tobias Sergel
- Chryses Imploring the Help of Apollo, from Iliad, Book I
- Sweden (Artist's nationality:)
- Made 1765–1766
- Black chalk on off-white laid paper, tipped onto wove paper
- No inscriptions recto; signed verso, l.r., brown ink, "Sergell"
- 43.3 × 34.8 cm (17 1/16 × 13 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray