ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
The Greek gods of legend, “Zeus, Apollo, and Poseidon, join forces with the eight rivers of Mount Ida destroying the defenses that the Greeks left in front of Troy” (1793). The piece was created by the famous French artist, Jacques Réattu. The piece has many pieces. Some art historians teach it as “The Destruction of Troy by The Gods.” Others call it, “Attack at Mount Ida.” The names are many. The real story are the models. Several real men posed for the gods. One was a carpenter, another a soldier, another a “drifter,” with a body of a Greek God.
THE FULL PIECE:
Jacques Réattu (1760-1833), Pen, brown ink washed with white gouache highlights on paper. He was a well-known French painter and winner of the grand prix de Rome.