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Achilles Searching for the Shade of Patrocles, 1803 (oil on canvas)

Achilles Searching for the Shade of Patrocles, 1803 (oil on canvas)


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Achilles Searching for the Shade of Patrocles, 1803 (oil on canvas)

XIR28573 Achilles Searching for the Shade of Patrocles, 1803 (oil on canvas) by Fuseli, Henry (Fussli, Johann Heinrich) (1741-1825); Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland; (add.info.: Achille cherche a saisir l ombre de Patrocle; ); Swiss, out of copyright

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Embrace Embracing Friend Ghost Grasping Greek Hero Homer Iliad Patrocle Patroclus Reaching Shadow Spirit Trojan War


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The captivating painting "Achilles Searching for the Shade of Patrocles" by Henry Fuseli takes us back to ancient Greek mythology and the epic tale of the Trojan War. In this oil on canvas masterpiece, Fuseli skillfully captures Achilles, the legendary Greek hero, desperately reaching out for the shade of his fallen comrade, Patrocles. With a hauntingly beautiful composition, the artist conveys Achilles' grief and longing as he searches for solace in his friend's ghostly presence. The intensity in Achilles' eyes reflects his deep sorrow and determination to embrace Patrocles once more. Fuseli's attention to detail is evident in every brushstroke; from the ethereal quality of Patrocles' spirit to the intricate rendering of their intertwined fingers. The emotional power emanating from this artwork is palpable, reminding us of love and loss that transcends time. This iconic scene from Homer's Iliad resonates with viewers as it explores themes such as friendship, mortality, and honor amidst war. It serves as a poignant reminder that even heroes are not immune to heartache. Displayed at Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland, this print invites us into an immersive experience where we witness Achilles' relentless pursuit for closure. Fuseli's masterful portrayal ensures that this timeless piece continues to captivate audiences today and remains an enduring symbol of human emotion within ancient mythological narratives.

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