An image of The sacrifice of Polyxena

Pietro Aquila

(Italy 1650 – 1692)

after Pietro da Cortona

(Italy 1596 – 1669)

The sacrifice of Polyxena

Location
Not on display
Further information

Polyxena, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecabe, was taken by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. She was sacrificed on the Thracian coast to appease the ghost of Achilles and to ensure fair weather and safe sailing.

Year
(1680s)
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
43.8 x 62.6 cm platemark (irreg.); 51.0 x 76.1 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
238.1979