*Rococo Revisited
Thetis and her Nymphs rising from the sea to console Achilles for the loss of Patroclus
Thomas Banks (1735-1805)  (sculptor)
Marble Relief,  ca. 1778 
The subject is taken from Homer’s epic poem The Iliad (Book XVIII). The Greek hero Achilles, grief-stricken by the death of his friend and companion at arms, Patroclus, is comforted by his mother, the goddess Thetis and seven of her nymphs, summoned from the deep. The emotional intensity of the piece, and the somewhat eroticised emphasis of the figures, owe much to Banks’s friend in Rome, the Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).

Thetis and her Nymphs rising from the sea to console Achilles for the loss of Patroclus

Thomas Banks (1735-1805)  (sculptor)

Marble Relief,  ca. 1778 

The subject is taken from Homer’s epic poem The Iliad (Book XVIII). The Greek hero Achilles, grief-stricken by the death of his friend and companion at arms, Patroclus, is comforted by his mother, the goddess Thetis and seven of her nymphs, summoned from the deep. The emotional intensity of the piece, and the somewhat eroticised emphasis of the figures, owe much to Banks’s friend in Rome, the Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).

#Thomas Banks
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