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Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector's Body by phlufii Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector's Body by phlufii
'Priamos bønfalder Achilleus om Hektors lig', 1868-1870, Marmor

['Priam begs Achilles for the Body of Hector', 1868-1870, marble], executed by Georg Christian Freund under the supervision of C.C. Peters after Thorvaldsen's original plaster model Inv.no. A492

From Thorvaldsens Museum in Copehnhagen - a massive collection of plaster works by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), an incredible and prolific Danish-Icelandic sculptor.

Thorvaldsen himself is buried in the courtyard in the atrium (you can see his gravesite from the any window!).

Dansk:
Under belejringen af Troja blev Achilles’ ven Patrokles dræbt af Hektor, den trojanske kong Priamus’ søn. Som hævn dræbte Achilles derfor Hektor. Relieffet viser, hvorledes den gamle kong Priamus på knæ bønfalder Achilles om at udlevere ham sønnens lig.

Relieffet er enestående ved sin rytme med de tre figurer fra venstre, der som i et filmisk forløb ender i Priamus’ knælende skikkelse, samt den afstand – fysiks og mentalt – der bliver mellem den ophøjede græske helt og den gamle konge, Relieffets temaer er på et generelt plan ydmyghed og barmhjertighed. Achilles ender med at give efter for faderens bøn og udlevere sønnens lig.

English:
During the siege of Troy Achilles’ friend Patrocles was killed by Hector, the Trojan king Priam’s son. As revenge Achilles therefore killed Hector. The relief shows how the old king Priam, on his knees, begs Achilles to 'disclose' (sic) [hand over] the body of his son.

The relief is unique with its rhythm of the three figures on the left that, like in a filmic sequence, ends in the kneeling figure of Priam, and also the distance – physically and mentally – which exists between the elevated Greek hero and the old king. The relief's themes, are on a general level, humility and mercifulness. Achilles in the end gives in to the father's plea and hands over the body of the son.

Epic...:o
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