Inventory number
P00399
Author
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Title
The Rape of Helen
Chronology
Ca. 1578
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
186 cm x 307 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Military
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “salón de los espejos-cuartos principales”, 1701-1703, nº 12)

This work has stylistic and thematic similarities to those that make up the so-called Gonzaga Cycle or Fasti Gonzagheschi, painted by Tintoretto between 1578 and 1580, especially The Battle of Taro, with which it shares some characters. As in that cycle, there is a strong contrast between the foreground, with its marked chiaroscuro, and the brightly lit background, where the figures are practically disembodied, becoming pure arabesques. This work comes from the collection of Charles I of England.

 
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