2018/05/25

Greek art

Very famous vascular painting on a kylix from the VI century B.C. Achilles that wraps the wound of Patroclus. Splendid the painful expression of Patroclus, while less expressive is the face of Achilles all caught up in the operation he is doing. Does he really look at the injured arm? It does not seem. Equally beautiful is the abandoned position of Patroclus who is lying on the ground with his legs apart; notice the position of of his left leg. Is it abandonment or... an invitation? His genitals are exposed and become the focal point of the composition. Evidently the painter wanted to underline the very strong relationship between the two heroes. Can you imagine something similar in our evolved and libertarian contemporary society?