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The Blind Oedipus Commending his Children to the Gods
  • The Blind Oedipus Commending his Children to the Gods

    TitleThe Blind Oedipus Commending his Children to the Gods
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 122 x 163 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 144 x 182 x 7 cm
  • DatingSigned 1784
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Bénigne Gagneraux, French, born 1756, dead 1795
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 828
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • Description
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    Misinformed about his true parentage, Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. When he learns the truth he blinds himself in despair. He then asks the gods to determine his children’s fate. This scene is part of Sophocles play Oedipus Rex, which regained popularity during the 1780s. In depicting Oedipus’ suffering, the artist has also taken inspiration from the ancient sculpture Laocoön and his sons.