Achilles Restrained by Athena in Agamemnon's Tent, from Iliad, Book I

A work made of black chalk on cream laid paper.

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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. 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. Enraged, Achilles draws his sword on Agamemnon, at which point Athena intervenes, as seen in the drawing.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 124B

Artist

Johan Tobias Sergel

Title

Achilles Restrained by Athena in Agamemnon's Tent, from Iliad, Book I

Origin

Sweden

Date

Made 1765–1766

Medium

Black chalk on cream laid paper

Dimensions

430 x 347 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.887

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