The Abduction of Helen

This panel may have been part of a decoration for a piece of furniture, possibly a marriage chest.

Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, is being carried off by Paris, together with other women from the Temple of Apollo and Artemis in Cythera, to a waiting ship. It was this action which precipitated the Trojan War.

Key facts

Artist dates
1412 - 1468
Full title
The Abduction of Helen
Date made
about 1450-5
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
51 x 60.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
Location in Gallery