Hector Leaving Andromache

Giorgio De Chirico
1925, On View
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Born 1888, Volos, Greece
Died 1978, Rome, Italy
Terracotta
17 x 8 x 7 in.
Accession date: 1989
The Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Collection

De Chirico’s art is often characterized by a poetic use of imagery and feelings of nostalgia, mystery and myth–all of which is aptly represented in Hector Leaving Andromache. Hector and Andromache are two of the many heroes and heroines in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. For thousands of years they have served as symbols of the exemplary loving and loyal married couple. De Chirico depicted the poignant moment of their farewell as Hector leaves for the battlefield, and certain death, to defend Troy against the Greeks. This portrayal not only relates an emotional moment in the tale, but also goes a step further to exemplify the Trojan sensibility of the appropriate attributes for their sex–Hector is the male ideal of stoicism in his rigid, battle-ready stance and Andromache is emotional in her tender embrace of her beloved husband.

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Giorgio De Chirico's Hector Leaving Andromache

Giorgio De Chirico, Hector Leaving Andromache, 1925, Terracotta. Acquired in 1989; Gift of the Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Collection.