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

Thetis Consoling Achilles

Fresco, 300 x 200 cm
Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicenza

This scene is on the wall of the room of Homer.

Achilles sits on the balustrade of a balcony in a loggia on the seashore, his legs dangling illusionistically down into the viewer's space, and bemoans his fate. Out in the water, his mother, the sea-goddess Thetis, appears in the company of a Nereid, and attempts to console him. The picture, largely bereft of figures, with its expansive view of the sea attempts to capture the sad mood of the hero.