Achilles, 14 x 18 oil on canvas, framed by the artist

Achilles was a Greek hero, most famous for his part in the Trojan War. When he was born, his mother dipped him in the river Styx to make him immortal. She held him by the heel and it did not touch the water – making it the only part of him that could be harmed.

Achilles is a perfect human specimen. I’ve been exploring societal ideas of beauty recently. This super model, boy wonder struck me, with his perfect bone structure and liquid green eyes. I was drawn to his androgynous quality and pondered how beauty is universal. We are looking up at him as if worshiping him, thus the Greek reference. We can only imagine what he might be thinking. Probably of conquest and love, just like the rest of us.

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Type of Work

Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper