The Sacrifice of Iphigenia (c. 1685) by Jean Jouvenet (1644-1717). The painting features Iphigenia seated against the altar, eyes raised to Diana floating above the scene on a cloud, haloed and bearing a bow. She points to a deer on Iphigenia's right. Above the altar, the priest Calchas looks down at Achilles -to Iphigenia's left- preparing to draw his sword (ostensibly to prevent her death). Above him, Agamemnon also stares heavenward. To Iphigenia's left, a servant girl steps back, startled by Diana and in the foreground, a man bears a brazier of coals. On the right, a large serpent climbs a tree. In the background, the mass of the Greek army looks on.


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