Benjamin West, 'Pylades and Orestes Brought as Victims before Iphigenia' 1766

Benjamin West
Pylades and Orestes Brought as Victims before Iphigenia 1766
Oil on canvas
support: 1003 x 1264 mm
Presented by Sir George Beaumont Bt 1826

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During the 18th century artists from different countries travelled to Italy to study antiquity and classical art, from which they developed a neoclassical style. Many of these artists settled in London, greatly influencing the development of art in Britain and becoming instrumental in the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768.