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Paris Abducting Helen from Cythera
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Paris Abducting Helen from Cythera


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Description This is one of three large panels (also 37.1178 and 37.1180) depicting the romance of Helen, queen of the Greek city state Sparta, and Paris, a Trojan prince. The location of the present scene is Cythera, an island dedicated to Aphrodite (better known by her Roman name Venus), goddess of love. A party of courtiers from Sparta (where Paris was a guest) have come to the island on an excursion while Menelaus, king of Sparta is away on business. It was in the temple of Aphrodite (at the left) that Paris and Helen met and he convinces her to come away with him to his home city of Troy. For more on this series, see 37.1178.
Provenance Cav. Marcello Galli-Dunn, Castello di Badia, Poggibonsi, Tuscany [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, May 2, 1905, no. 142; Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1915 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On flag: C
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1915

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Period
ca. 1468 (Renaissance)
Medium
tempera on wood (spruce) panel
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Accession Number
37.1179
Measurements
Painted surface H: 59 7/16 x W: 115 9/16 in. (151 x 293.5 cm); Panel H including added strips: 60 15/16 x W: 116 1/4 x Min. D excluding cradle: 3/16 in. (154.8 x 295.2 x 0.5 cm); Max. D excluding cradle: 3/8 in. (1 cm)
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