Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, The Meeting of Orestes and Hermione, c. 1800

A few days ago I posted about Clytemnestra and how her son Orestes killed her in retribution for the murder of his father Agamemnon. The ghost of Clytemnestra then summoned the Furies and ordered them to drive Orestes mad. Trioson here illustrates a scene from Racine’s play Andromaque, where Cléone introduces a love-struck Orestes to his cunning cousin Hermione. She manipulates Orestes and eventually drives him mad, just as Clytemnestra ordered.

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