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Rubens. Akhill at Likomed. And where boy?

Akhill - Fetida`s son, the sea nymph - the daughter of sea god. Only son. And darling. And as it connected in one, mummy very much wanted that the son was immortal. Also did for this purpose everything that could. At first she (by one of versions of the myth) dipped it into boiled water - to check whether will survive. Perhaps, she only tried to make it, and his father - Pelya - took away the baby and presented him thus life.

By other option - Fetida went down in an underground kingdom and dipped Akhill into water. Such ablution had to give invulnerability against the weapon. Fetida held the son by a heel, and the heel remained neowashed. Thus, Akhill all was as if covered with armor, and only a heel... Fetida did not pay attention to it, as a result this place remained unprotected, weak (expression “Achilles` heel“, that is the weak place from here).

For now the baby grew up, mother constantly was anxious - to him the death in the battlefield was predicted. At the same time he was trained for military career. Also prepared thoroughly. But mummy decided to make secure, and when time to Akhill came to go to be at war against Trojans, she decided to hide it (someone to it foretold that Akhill will die near Troy). And to hide not where - nibud - at Likomed.

Likomed is the tsar of one of islands of the Aegean Sea. He was the good family man, tried to increase the posterity and to leave behind the successor, but it not really managed it if not to tell that it did not work well absolutely. He gave birth to one daughters. Their exact quantity is unknown, but precisely that them was more than three. Why so? Yes because among two girls to hide one more - will be evident: from where suddenly such gotovenky?

Rubens drew five (the sixth is already Akhill). Probably, he considered that when children more than five, already not only strangers, but also parents cannot precisely tell who is which of children. So Akhill appears in Likomed`s family: both it is dressed, and brushed as the maiden. And for the time being nobody knows what Likomed has a new daughter.

The situation to strangeness reminds that that was described in “Don Juan“ by Byron. The hero tempts the married woman, is exposed. It goes to exile by the ship, is wrecked, gets on the island where there lives a robber, tempts his daughter, this robber sells Zhuana in slavery. In the slave market it is bought for the joys by one of wives of the sultan and places in the harem. Change clothes of Zhuan and see off to sleep with one of concubines. And here the first night in a harem:

“A fife undressed quickly, without thawing

of the beauty, a natural movement;

I in a mirror the beauty my

Looked with graceful neglect.

A fife wanted to undress also the girlfriend,

But that was excessively modest

I, having rejected kind service,

Told that one will cope.

But how the Fife kind fell down?

Of course, it is very interesting,

But the muse could not know about it,

A it does not like to lie, as it is known.

Magic reigned a mist

Over the captives sleeping charm,

As a rose in the fascinated garden, -

I suddenly awfully screamed the Fife -

On all harem...“
Historians did not inform of

us as Akhill had it (and it is a pity!) but one of daughters Likomeda became pregnant. Strangely enough, the daddy did not find about it any feelings, did not carry out any investigative actions. As though all this was natural (the truth, say that after all the feats Akhill returned and issued the relations).

Rubens drew for lanes several sketches describing life of Akhill - from the birth to death. Art critics write that lanes there were eight. Probably, it is more sketches. At least because this moment - detection of Akhill among Likomed`s daughters - Rubens drew at least twice.

The legend says about what Akhill was looked for - it was necessary to army as the fighter. And here send the Odyssey to Likomed: probably, investigation informed that at Likomed some suspicious personality disappears. Odysseus is not with the requirement to give the deserter (and how differently to call the soldier which runs away from the duties?) . No, Odysseus pretended to be the dealer who brought to girls of ornament: beads, brooches, rings. And all this was dumped in a big bag. And together with rings and other chachkas knives, swords and a helmet lay.

Akhill when saw all this, automatically extended a sword from a bag. And according to other version - more spectacular - he put on a helmet the head. So at Rubens: on one sketch Akhill with a sword, and on the second - in a helmet. On the sketch where Akhill with a sword one of five daughters Likomeda is drawn with a stomach - the sin is naked. And where Akhill in a helmet, the doggie - a sin symbol, a hint is drawn.

Naturally, it was exposed and taken on war. Akhill was invincible. But the arrow of the enemy struck it in a heel by which it was held by mummy, dipping into Stiks`s waters. The arrow was fired by Paris - that divine shepherd Olimpa who was a judge at the first beauty contest among goddesses. The arrow overtook Akhill near Skeysky gate of Troy.

According to other version, Akhill fell in love with the Trojan queen and was ready to stop war against Troy if it receives it in the wife. He went for negotiations with Trojans in Apollo`s sanctuary without weapon and was foully killed by Paris. Probably, this version was also a literary basis for the sketch “Death of Akhill“: an altar with the burning fire, the priest, his assistants. A doggie in a picture - a sin symbol. It is a hint on the fact that Akhill conducted marriage negotiations, having forgotten about the wife - Likomed`s daughter. On a background - Paris with onions.

Akhill is wounded, bleeds profusely and dies of blood loss. Its mythical history is finished. And history in art proceeds. The incalculable quantity of works of art is devoted to Akhill. And still there are surprising finds.

The curator of classical art of the museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam of Friso Lammertse told that in this museum there were etudes to lanes. It is known that lanes were made. And there was a strong wish to show to visitors of the museum this beauty. Four lanes found in Portugal. On a request the categorical answer came to give them for a while for an exhibition: “Forget about it. Lanes will never leave the place“.

Searches continued. And here it became clear that somewhere in Burgundy saw such carpet in the house of the wine maker. Went there, found the house - and that saw: the lane “Anger of Akhill“ hangs on a wall, but from - for a low ceiling it is curtailed nearly half. When it was developed, it turned out that it is torn by places. (As it got to the wine maker, it is unknown. It is possible to assume that during wars and revolutions it was stolen from some palace.)

The museum asked to give a lane for an exhibition, restored, and then and bought from the wine maker. Now it is possible to see it in the hall where etudes of the Life of Akhill series are exposed.

Who ordered lanes? Possibly, in documents which remained from Rubens there are names of customers. But there passed time, lanes scattered worldwide. Perhaps, sometime it will be possible to bring together them under the same roof at least for a while. And then life of Akhill will appear before the audience in all variety of colors.