• TitleDiomedes
  • Technique/ MaterialMarble
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h) 150 cm
  • DatingMade 1774
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish, born 1740-08-28, dead 1814-02-26
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory No.NMSk 1475
  • AcquisitionGift 1941 Envoy Björn Prytz
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1602 18th century
  • Description
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    Sergel here depicts the story from Homer’s The Iliad of how the young Greek hero Diomedes steals the statue of the goddess Athena from the enemy, sealing the fate of Troy. The sculptor has concentrated on the most dramatic moment, when Diomedes is discovered and prepares to defend his trophy. The combination of a body at rest and in suspenseful movement adds to the work’s expressive power.