TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1696, Venezia, d. 1770, Madrid)

The Rage of Achilles

Fresco, 300 x 300 cm
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

Outraged at having lost his beloved, Achilles draws his sword to kill Agamemnon. The sudden appearance of the goddess Minerva, who, in this fresco, has grabbed Achilles by the hair, prevents the act of violence. Agamemnon stands to the left and tries to shield himself with his cloak, while in the background, in front of a rounded temple, a huddled row of Greek soldiers observes the scene. What stands out in this fresco, is the facial expression of Achilles, almost contorted by rage into a grimace, something seldom found in Tiepolo.