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Andromache and Astyanax

Prud'hon—one of the principal representatives of Neoclassicism—was working on this picture in 1814 and planned to sell it to the former Empress of France, Marie-Louise. The subject is from the great seventeenth-century French tragedian Racine. Andromache, shown with her attendant Cephise and her child's nurse, has rejected Pyrrhus, whose father, Achilles, had killed her husband Hector. She embraces her son, in whom she sees Hector's features. Pyrrhus is accompanied by his tutor, Phoenix.

Left incomplete, the picture was finished after Prud'hon's death by a little known friend and pupil, Charles Pompée Le Boulanger de Boisfrémont (1773–1838).

Credit: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900...

?1813-17; 1823-24?
Oil on canvas
132.1 x 170.5cm
25.110.14
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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