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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.
Date Description Narrative
7/06/1972Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; repaired; mounted; coated; loss compensation;
10/20/2009Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/06/2010Examinationexamined for condition
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • Alexandre Cabanel, la tradition du beau. Musee Fabre, Montpellier; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Köln. 2010-2011.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, October 26, 1873 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 384.
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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oil on canvas
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H: 27 5/8 x W: 19 3/8 in. (70.2 x 49.2 cm); Framed H with build up: 42 3/8 x W: 33 3/4 x D: 5 in. (107.63 x 85.73 x 12.7 cm)
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