Achilles and Penthesilea
This is an ancient Greek painting on a big platter.
It illustrates a story the Greeks all knew.
The man is Achilles, the Greek hero, and the woman is Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons (mythical warrior women).
Remember the famous war between the Greeks and the Trojans?
Penthesilea joined the Trojans and meets Achilles on the battlefield. They fight and Achilles kills her, though not before—the very moment the picture illustrates—he falls in love with her!
The nameless artist, one of the greatest, drew the look of love (and death) in Penthesilea’s eyes. She reaches up to touch Achilles’ breast while her legs buckle. Achilles seems to pause in thought the moment he drives his sword into his enemy’s breast—and he looks into her eyes.