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Chryses Imploring the Help of Apollo, from Iliad, Book I

A work made of black chalk on off-white laid paper, tipped onto wove paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk on off-white laid paper, tipped onto wove paper.

Date:

1765/66

Artist:

Johan Tobias Sergel
Swedish, 1740-1814

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.

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Artist

Johan Tobias Sergel

Title

Chryses Imploring the Help of Apollo, from Iliad, Book I

Origin

Sweden

Date

Made 1765–1766

Medium

Black chalk on off-white laid paper, tipped onto wove paper

Inscriptions

No inscriptions recto; signed verso, l.r., brown ink, "Sergell"

Dimensions

433 × 348 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.886

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