Thursday, December 3, 2015

Chicago Museum of Art: Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

Johann Tischbein lived 1751-1829.  The paintings below of Paris and Helen, were painted at the same time, about 1787.

If you recall, Paris kidnapped Helen (yes....Helen of Troy), and thus began the slaughter of thousands of soldiers and innocents. 

 Tichbein discovered the art of antiquity in Rome and Naples.  So, it is somewhat natural that he focused on what was considered ideal beauty.

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