The Death of Priam, Johann Andreas Herrlein  zugeschrieben
Johann Andreas Herrlein
The Death of Priam
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Johann Andreas Herrlein zugeschrieben

The Death of Priam, ca. 1760


Dimensions
40.4 x 132.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1945
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Landeswohlfahrtsverband Hessen
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The elongated horizontal format suggests that both paintings originally decorated for the spaces above doors. Their subjects are taken from the Aeneid, which was written by the Roman poet Virgil as a “sequel” to Homer’s Iliad. Aeneas originally came from Troy. When the fate of that city was already sealed, he witnessed the murder of the aged king Priam. Fearing for the life of his own father, he saved him from the burning city. After a tortuous journey he was given a friendly welcome by King Latinus in Italy, where he became the progenitor of the Romans.

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Title
The Death of Priam
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Unbezeichnet

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Landeswohlfahrtsverband Hessen

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  • 94H232 Priam, Hecuba and their daughters take refuge at the altar of Jupiter in the courtyard of the palace
  • 94H2322 Priam is killed by Neoptolemus
  • 94H2 the fall of Troy; Troy burning
  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
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13.03.2019