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Achilles Recognized among the Daughters of Lykomedes

Hendrik van Limborch (in c. 1710)

Achilles, who tried to escape the Trojan war by dressing as a woman, was unmasked when he instinctively chose the sword from the gifts laid out before him. History painters had to compress tales into a single image. Van Limborgh opted for absolute clarity of composition, pose and colour. Dutch art, which had long ignored the international fashion for Classicism, was beautifully back in step around 1700.


Title Achilles Recognized among the Daughters of Lykomedes
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 161 cm
Height : 151 cm
Makers Painter: Hendrik van Limborch
Accession number 1457 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1867
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1867
Age maker About 29 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Hendrik van Limborch

Den Haag 1681 - Den Haag 1759