The Anger of Achilles

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From right to left: Achilles, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, and Agamemnon.

The Anger of Achilles is an 1819 painting by Jacques-Louis David, now in the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

One of the last of David's history paintings, it shows the moment in Greek myth when Agamemnon reveals to Achilles that he has not actually brought his daughter Iphigenia to him as a bride, but rather intends to sacrifice her in order to appease the goddess Artemis. Achilles begins to draw his sword in anger upon hearing this, while Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra, looks on in grief and sadness with her hand on her daughter's shoulder.

David produced it during his exile in Brussels. An 1824 copy of the painting now in a private collection is attributed to Michel Ghislain Stapleaux under David's direction.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Antoine Schnapper (ed.) and Arlette Sérullaz, Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825 : catalogue de l'exposition rétrospective Louvre-Versailles 1989-1990, Paris, Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1989 (ISBN 2711823261)
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  • Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot, Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825 : Exposition du 4 octobre 2005 au 31 janvier 2006, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, Chaudun, 2005 (ISBN 2-35039-012-8)