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Nikolai Ge painted the painting "Achilles Mourns Patroclus" in 1855.
In this work, he depicted a mythological plot based on Homer's poem "The Iliad." It talks about Achilles. The Hector Trojan resorted to Apollo's help to kill Achilles, but Patroclus, who put on his friend’s armor, perishes instead. The Trojans took away the armor like a trophy. Achilles so close accepted the loss of a friend that he thought of grief about suicide.
The painting depicts the dead Patroclus lying on a wooden bed with pillows on a green bedspread. His body is half covered with matter. A grieving and crying Achilles bent over him. His grief is enormous and inconsolable.
Not far from them stands Fedita - the mother of Achilles, she is holding in her hands new forged gold armor for her son, which Hephaestus forged at her request.
Among the mourners is the Myrmidon warrior, who bowed his head and covered his face with his hand to show less of his tears.
The images in the picture are depicted with incredibly clear portraits. Each of them, the artist clearly prescribed not only the features of the face and body, but also each fold of clothing.
Paints for fabric, the artist chose bright and rich, which harmoniously combine with each other. But the background itself, which depicts the scene, is very dark. It can not be called dull, because all the furniture in the room retained the relief clarity of each item. But the brown color palette itself is fully consistent with the drama of the event.
The sculptural interpretation of the images and the clarity of the heroic theme, with which the artist approached the transfer of the plot, combined with the vivid color of the picture, brought the artist a small gold medal.
To date, the painting by Nikolai Nikolayevich Ge “Achilles mourns Patroclus” is in the Belarusian Art Museum in Minsk.
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