Details

Title

Paris and Oenone

Artist/Maker

Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583–1633)

Date

1610

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

25 3/4 x 43 3/4 inches

Credit

Purchase in honor of Thomas G. Cousins, President of the Board of Directors, 1987-1991, with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable

Accession #

1990.57

On View

Currently not on view

Pieter Lastman was the most important history painter active in Amsterdam in the early decades of the 1600s. The subject of this painting, identifiable by the inscription in the tree behind the lovers, comes from the Roman poet Ovid. Oenone begs her husband, Paris, not to leave for Troy. Her sense of foreboding was prophetic: Paris’s abduction of Helen led to the Trojan War, Paris’s death, and Oenone’s subsequent suicide. This is perhaps the earliest pastoral landscape in Dutch art.