"Hector and Andromache"

"My dear, do not grieve too much in your heart," Hector says goodbye to his wife Andromache and his son Astyanax before returning to the battle raging outside the walls of Troy. I

ts the most famous departure in classical mythology within De Chirico’s framework which becomes a metaphysical farewell.

The pair is remembered in the two mannequin statues, trapped in time and eternal love, the painting behind them is a  geometric scene that still recalls the Scaean gates and impregnable borders of Trojan.

The dark background and purple shades show the dramatic final farewell and portends the inevitable end of the hero.