The Trojans pulling the wooden horse into the city

Artist: Giulio Bonasone (Italian, active Rome and Bologna, 1531–after 1576)

Artist: After Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, Bologna 1504/5–1570 Paris)

Date: 1545

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: Sheet (Trimmed): 16 in. × 25 1/8 in. (40.7 × 63.8 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.600.4450


Since the Trojans had been persuaded that bringing the horse into their city would lead to the Greeks' defeat, the walls were breached and the horse was wheeled in, with the most valiant Greek soldiers hidden inside. This engraving is based on a drawing by Primaticcio, now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, that probably represents an early idea for the fresco of the defeat of Troy in the Galerie d'Ulisse at Fontainebleau (1541–47).