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Cleobis and Biton
  • TitleCleobis and Biton
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 88 x 130 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 113 x 148 x 8 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1650
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Thomas Blanchet, French, born 1614 or 1617, born 1614 or 1617, dead 1689
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6780
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1984 Hedda and N.D. Qvist Fund
  • Description
    Artist/Maker

    Cleobis and Biton pulled their mother in a chariot all the way to Hera’s temple where she was a priestess, as there were no oxen. She asked the goddess to honour the sons with the greatest gift the gods could give. Thus, Hera let them die in their sleep. The story gave the artist a pretext to paint a vast landscape with ruins of ancient architecture. Such landscapes were often a background for scenes with philosophical or religious content.