Chapter 19 Closer Look 2: Hector and Andromache

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Hector and Andromache

Hector and Andromache, by Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978); oil on canvas, 1917, 351⁄2 3 231⁄2 in. Husband and wife, mannequins backed by receding frames, part at the Scaean Gate in an austere, stagelike setting with receding perspective. They are sheathed in geometrically shaped metallic plates, and the baby Astyanax is reduced to a steel wedge with a black disk for his head. De Chirico’s images of the intersection of war and the family are a disturbing interpretation of Homer’s moving scene.

Source: Scala / Art Resource, NY

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