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19th Century Grand Tour Terracotta Portrait Figurative Sculpture Helen of Troy

$ 1,400
  • Description
    In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy,also known as beautiful Helen, Helen of Argos, or Helen of Sparta, was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She was believed to have been the daughter of Zeus and Leda, and was the sister of Clytemnestra, Castor and Pollux, Philonoe, Phoebe and Timandra. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta "who became by her the father of Hermione, and, according to others, of Nicostratus also."
    The usual tradition is that after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to Paris in the Judgement of Paris, she was seduced by him and carried off to Troy. This resulted in the Trojan War when the Achaeans set out to reclaim her. Another ancient tradition, told by Stesichorus, tells of how "not she, but her wraith only, had passed to Troy, while she was borne by the Gods to the land of Egypt, and there remained until the day when her lord [Menelaus], turning aside on the homeward voyage, should find her there."
    The Grand Tour was the principally 17th to early 19th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe, with Italy as a key destination, undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a chaperone, such as a tutor or family member) when they had come of age (about 21 years old), and The primary value of the Grand Tour lay in its exposure to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and it provided the only opportunity to view specific works of art.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Terracotta
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Old Master, Other
    Incollect Reference #: 540876
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.54 in; H. 7.87 in; D. 3.54 in;
    W. 9 cm; H. 20 cm; D. 9 cm;
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