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Antonio Canova (Possagno 1757 - Venice 1822)
The Death of Priam

This relief shows the last moments of the life of Priam, king of Troy, but depicts only the central scene of the original relief in which other figures were seen on either side.
The cruel act of Pyrrhus, the son of Achilles, who is about to kill the venerable old man after having grabbed him by the hair, is the focal point of the scene and is emphasised by vertical and oblique lines that list towards the left to accentuate the confusion caused by such a heinous and violent deed.
From a stylistic standpoint, there are similarities with sculpture of the fifteenth century, the painting of Gavino Hamilton, and Greek vases.

Provenance: Ball room of Palazzo of Villa Torlonia

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