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The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This painting shows an episode from the mythological Trojan War, as described by the Roman poet Virgil in the Aeneid. The Trojans rejoice as they pull a large wooden horse into their city, believing it to be a gift from the gods; it actually conceals a band of Greek soldiers. In the background, Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, is being arrested for having prophesied disaster if the horse entered the city. She turned out to be right: once inside, the Greeks took control of Troy.

The National Gallery, London

London


Date

about 1760

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 38.8 x W 66.7 cm

Accession number

NG3319

Acquisition method

Bought, 1918

Work type

Painting


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