DAVID, Jacques-Louis
(b. 1748, Paris, d. 1825, Bruxelles)

Andromache Mourning Hector

Oil on canvas, 275 x 203 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

David became a full Academician with Andromache Mourning Hector, which he presented on 23 August 1783, just in time for it to be shown at the Salon. The painting represents a scene from Homer's Iliad where Andromache grieves over the body of her husband Hector, who has been killed by Achilles in the Trojan War. The subject of a widow and a young child might have evoked personal memories for David; the fatherless Astyanax is shown trying to console his mother in the midst of her grief, and he appears to be about the same age as David was when his own father was killed.

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