The Sacrifice of Polyxena by Giovanni Battista Pittoni

In this scene taken from classical mythology, Neoptolemus advances from the left-hand side of the painting to direct the sacrifice of Polyxena, while Polyxena is steered towards the opened tomb of Achilles.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
31.7 x 45.3 cm
Acquired in:
1955
Presented by:
F D Lycett Green through The Art Fund

This painting was part of a collection of 117 works belonging to the industrialist and engineer F.D. Lycett Green and bequeathed to York through the Art Fund, in 1955, in recognition of the remarkable efforts made after the Second World War by its curator to transform it into a gallery of international importance.

Provenance

Christopher Norris; F.D. Lycett Green.

Venue details

York Art Gallery Exhibition Square, YORK North Yorkshire YO1 7EW 01904 687687 www.yorkartgallery.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.82)

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