Hector's Farewell to Andromache by Gavin Hamilton

This is the last of a series of six paintings illustrating Homer's Iliad, often considered Hamilton's greatest achievement, executed in a neo-Poussinesque style.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
315 x 399 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,413 ( Total: £30,000)
Acquired in:
1986
Vendor:
Trustees of the Hamilton and Kinneil Estates

It has been argued that Hamilton's Iliad is based on Alexander Pope's translation of Homer and is influenced by Aristotle's definition of tragedy in his Poetics. Also noteworthy is Hamilton's deliberate choice of the Doric column, a Grecian and not a Roman order, for the temple in the background. A contemporary praised Hamilton's history paintings for preserving a notable 'propriety with regard to costume, and a dignity of manner'.

Provenance

8th Duke of Hamilton in Rome. Hamilton and Kinneil Estates.

Venue details

Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, GLASGOW Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 4221 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

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