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The Anger of Achilles

Jacques-Louis David

The Anger of Achilles

Jacques-Louis David
  • Date: 1819
  • Style: Neoclassicism
  • Genre: mythological painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: Greek-and-Roman-Mythology, Achilles
  • Dimensions: 105 x 145 cm
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This is the second version (different Achilles' helmet features, compared to the 1819 version, etc.). It was the last painting by the artist and finished (in French), at the artist's direction, by his Belgian pupil Michel Stapleaux, when the artist was confined to his bed.

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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 1825 copy of the painting now in a private collection is attributed to Michel Ghislain Stapleaux under David's direction.

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