Description Cabanel, a professor of painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, specialized in portraits of "High Society." Here, he depicts the Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson as Pandora, the woman in Greek mythology who opened a forbidden box, releasing all the troubles that afflict humanity.
- A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
- Alexandre Cabanel, la tradition du beau. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Köln; Musee Fabre, Montpellier. 2010-2011.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, October 26, 1873, by purchase [from the artist, G. A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] At upper right in yellow letters: ALEX. CABANEL; [Date] Upper right in yellow letters: 1873
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1873
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