Chiron Instructing Achilles in the Bow by Giovanni Battista Cipriani
Chiron Instructing Achilles in the Bow by Giovanni Battista Cipriani

Chiron Instructing Achilles in the Bow

Chiron Instructing Achilles in the Bow c1776 by Italian Painter Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 – 1785), and engraver

This is a painting of the two characters of Greek Mythology, Chiron a Centaur – a being with the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse; and Achilles the strongest warrior and hero of the Greek army during the Trojan War.

Chiron was the son of the Titan Cronus and the Oceanid (water nymph) Philyra, the daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys; and as a result was different from most Centaur that were wild creatures, as he was kind civilized, kind and intellegent.

Chiron was abandoned by his mother soon after she gave birth to him, and some time later was found be the god Apollo who took care of him; teaching him the art of music, the lyre, archery, medicine and prophecy; while Apollo’s sister the goddess Artemis, trained him in the skill of archery and hunting.

This scene shows Chiron passing on his knowledge of the bow to Achilles by teaching him how to effectively use the bow near a cave by the seashore.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Information above derived from Wikipedia.org

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