About This Artwork

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein
German, 1751–1829

Helen, about 1787

Oil on canvas
63.4 x 49.6 cm (24 15/16 x 19 9/16 in.)

The Old Masters Society and restricted gifts of Roger and Sheryl Griffin, Laurie and James Bay, April Schink through the Old Masters Society, 2015.322

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Rome, Galleria Carlo Virgilio, Quadreria 2004. Storia, ritratto, paesaggio: Pittori in Italia tra neoclassico e romantic, 20 May 2004 – 20 June 2004, no. 4 (entry by Francesco Leone).

Publication History

Marco Fabio Appoloni, “Johann Tischbein. Un pittore da favola,” Art e dossier no. 127 (October 1997), p. 21, ill. p. 19.

Hermann Mildenberger, “Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, ‘Hektor wirft Paris seine Weichlichkeit vor’: Ein Konkurrenzbild zu Jacques-Louis David von 1786 und die Folgen” in Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, ‘Hektor wirft Paris seine Weichlichkeit vor,’ KulturStiftung der Länder. Patrimonia 253 (Weimar and Berlin, 2003), pp. 32, 50 n. 33.

Ownership History

Acquired from an aristocratic family, Caserta, near Naples, by Claudio Marinelli, Caserta and Rome; in Marinelli's collection, Rome by 1993 [in an undated letter to Sylvain Bellenger received by July 16, 2015, Carlo Virgilio stated that the paintings were in Marinelli's collection in 1993 and that Virgilio was told that they had previously descended in an aristocratic family in Caserta for about two hundred years; letter in curatorial file]. Gioia Mori, Rome, until 2014 [email of 18 November 2014 from Carlo Virgilio to Sylvain Bellenger and from Stefano Grandesso to Alyse Muller on 9 June 2015; copies in curatorial file]; sold by her to Galleria Carlo Virgilio in 2014; sold to the Art Institute, 2015.




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