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The Sacrifice of Polyxena
  • Gérard de Lairesse
    born: Liège, Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium) ; died: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • The Sacrifice of Polyxena, 1667
  • Where object was made: Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 282 x 378 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 11 1/8 x 14 7/8 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 301 x 383 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 15 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 484 x 693 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 19 1/16 x 27 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2005.0153
Catalogue raisonné

Figures in immediate exterior of a double-collonaded tomb. Soldiers in L guard a man in contrapposto who buries his head in a draped hand. In the C of the composition a woman kneeling on a raised slab crosses her arms over her chest and lifts her face skyward. She is towered over by a man, face turned away, who holds one hand to her shoulder while the other threatens with a dagger. A crouching male figure holds a platter up to the dagger. Behind these three figures, in shadow, there is a rider on horseback. Through R fore- and middle-ground a group of mourners appear stricken or turn faces away from the violent central scene.