CORTE, Juan de la
(b. ca. 1590, Flanders, d. 1662, Madrid)

Achilles Confronting Hector outside Troy

Oil on canvas, 196 x 309 cm
Private collection

This painting comes from a series of eight scenes of the History of the Trojan War, including The Judgment of Paris and The Abduction of Helen, which formerly hung on the stairway of the palace of Finca El Retiro, Málaga, each measuring over 3 metres wide. The paintings were probably painted for Fray Alonso de Santo Tomas, Bishop of Málaga (1631-1692), illegitimate son of King Philip IV, who built the palace in Málaga.