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Panthea, Cyrus, and Araspas

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Laurent de La Hyre
French, 1606-1656

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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.


On View, Gallery 209


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Laurent de La Hyre


Panthea, Cyrus, and Araspas


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


141.9 × 102 cm (55 7/8 × 40 1/8 in.)

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