Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy

Here’s another Pre-Raphaelite painting of a mythological female. This time it’s Helen of Troy, painted by Frederick Sandys, who was a friend of Rossetti. I snapped the photo when we popped into the Walker Art Gallery after we’d been to see the “Turner, Monet, Twombly” exhibition at the Tate

I haven’t been able to find out who the model was, but she is a very typical Pre-Raphaelite woman, with her long, red, curly hair and pursed lips.

Helen was supposed to be “the face that launched a thousand ships”, but with such a sour look on her face they were probably trying to get away from her! She looks more like a sulky teenager than a typical classical beauty. But it’s a favourite painting of mine – probably because it reminds me of my daughter when she was a young teenager – she had the same hair, and often had the same expression.

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