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Paris and Oenone

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Paris and Oenone

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Pieter Lastman
Dutch, 1583–1633

Date

1610

Medium

Oil on panel

Accession #

1990.57

Dimensions

25 3/4 x 43 3/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

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.

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