These two small paintings are oil sketches (known as bozzetti) that set out the composition for larger canvases. Priam in the Tent of Achilles depicts a scene from The Iliad by the Greek poet Homer, in which Priam, the King of Troy, implores the Greek warrior Achilles to return the body of his son Hector. The finished painting has been lost.
Francesco Solimena Priam in the Tent of Achilles About 1695 © Compton Verney
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