Jean-François Millet

Oedipus Taken Down from the Tree

1847

This work from his Parisian period, inspired by the ancient Greek legend, is one of Millet's rare mythological subjects. Shepherds rescue the infant Oedipus, strung up in a tree and left to die because his father, Laius, believes the prediction that his son will kill him. Beneath the surface lies a painting of Saint Jerome, rejected by the Paris Salon the previous year.

Titre
Oedipus Taken Down from the Tree
Date
1847
Technique
Peinture
Matériaux
oil on canvas
Dimensions
135.9 x 77.5 cm
Nationalité
French
Mention de source
Purchased 1914
Numéro d'acquisition
822