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Panthea, Cyrus, and Araspas

A work made of oil on canvas.
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Date:

1631-34

Artist:

Laurent de La Hyre
French, 1606-1656

About this artwork

This is one of two surviving paintings from Laurent de La Hyre’s series illustrating the story of Queen Panthea’s capture by the armies of Cyrus the Great, the ancient king of Persia. Cyrus, shown here in blue, refused even to gaze upon the beautiful queen, choosing instead to concentrate on affairs of state and turning her care over to his friend Araspas, who ultimately fell in love with her to tragic consequences. La Hyre’s take on this tale of the conflict between love and civic duty was probably made as part of a suite of decorations for a reception room or a private cabinet in a Parisian townhouse.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Laurent de La Hyre

Title

Panthea, Cyrus, and Araspas

Origin

France

Date

1631–1634

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

55 7/8 × 40 1/8 in. (141.9 × 102 cm)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment

Reference Number

1976.292

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