LUND, Johan Ludwig Gebhard
(b. 1777, Kiel, d. 1867, København)

Pyrrhus and Andromache at Hector's Tomb

Oil on canvas, 234 x 308 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Pyrrhus, son of Achilles, took Andromache, wife of Hector, as part of his spoils from the Trojan War and had three sons by her. One of these sons became king of Epirus after Pyrrhus' death.

Pyrrhus and Andromache are characters in the tragedy "Andromaque" written in 1667 by Jean Racine (1639-1699), a French dramatist, one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France (along with Molière and Corneille), and an important literary figure in the Western tradition.

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