”Dying Achilles”

Dying Achilles (marble, Ernst Herter, 1884) at Achillion Palace, Gastouri, Corfu. Achillion Palace is a luxurious and beautiful villa in Corfu. It was built in the 1890’s as a summer palace for Elisabeth von Wiltelsbach Empress of Austria, widely known as Princess Sissy. Given her passion and admiration for the Greek mythology, the Empress decided to name the palace Achillion in honour of Achilles, and to populate the building and its surroundings with a plethora of statues representing sundry mythological and historical Greek and Roman figures. The Dying Achilles stands on the terrace in the peristyle with the Muses. It is a marble statue by German sculptor Ernst Herter, made to a commission by Elizabeth in 1884, and originally located in her palace in Vienna.