CRETI, Donato
(b. 1671, Cremona, d. 1749, Bologna)

Achilles Handing over to Chiron

Oil on canvas, 125 x 163 cm
Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna

The painting is one of a series of four telling the stories of Achilles.

In his youth Achilles, the son of Thetis, a sea-nymph, was handed over to Chiron, a wise and learned centaur who taught him many arts. The painting shows Achilles as an infant being handed over by his mother into the arms of Chiron.

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