Legendary Lovers: Chiron and Achilles

February makes us think of love, and its many forms, so here we offer a valentine to the mentorship romance of Chiron and Achilles.



Pompeo Batoni, Thetis Confiding the Education of Achilles to the Centaur Chiron, 1760

Pompeo Batoni, Thetis Takes Achilles from the Centaur Chiron, 1760

The two paintings above show Achilles as he meets the Cetaur Chiron for the first time (top) and as the wistful Chiron surrenders his young charge, now a young man, to his mother's care — as well as that of some comely young nymphs and serpent men —after his education.

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