The Trojan Horse Being Dragged into the City of Troy

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1545

Artist:

Giulio di Antonio Bonasone
Italian, about 1510–after 1576

About this artwork

The source of this engraving was a design by Francesco Primaticcio, an Italian Mannerist who worked at Fountainebleu. It represents a scene from the Trojan War, which was recounted in the Aeneid, an epic by Virgil. The Trojans found a wooden horse that had been left as an offering to their gods outside the gates of Troy. Thinking that after 10 years the Greeks must surely have lifted their siege of the city and departed, the Trojans decided that it was safe to bring the horse into the city. However, that night the Greek soldiers who had hidden themselves inside the horse opened the gates for their compatriots and invaded Troy.

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Artist

Giulio di Antonio Bonasone

Title

The Trojan Horse Being Dragged into the City of Troy

Origin

Italy

Date

1545

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

407 x 634 mm

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

1996.7

Extended information about this artwork

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