QUELLINUS, Erasmus II
(b. 1607, Antwerpen, d. 1678, Antwerpen)
Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedesc. 1643
Oil on canvas, 220 x 240 cm
Groeninge Museum, Bruges
An assistant of Rubens, the great Antwerp master, Erasmus Quellin painted this effectively lit but classicising scene showing the discovery of Achilles, disguised as a woman, by Odysseus and Diomedes.
In the 1640s, the architecture in the background of Quellinus's paintings acquires a remarkable classicist stamps. This is very noticeable in works like the Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes.