Attributed to Frans Francken II (1581-1642).
"Signature" illegible at the top of the canvas.
Oil on canvas, on original canvas.
Frame called cassetta of XVIIth century with reverse decoration.
Stamp collection on the frame cross.
-Sale from 16/12/2016 SVV. Delvaux, Lot 146 "Helen's kidnapping" awarded to Frans Francken II 45 X 63cm result 21 000 € without fees.
- "Combat of riders" Germany, Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothe
The kidnapping of Helen's subject from Greek mythology finds its origin in the rivalry of the city of Troy and the kingdom of Sparta that we find related in the Illiad of Homer.
Helen is the wife of King Menelas King of Sparta, Prince Paris son of King Priam taking advantage of the absence of it removes Helen during one of his visits, will follow one of the bloodiest war of antiquity that lasted Ten years ago, the chiefs of all the Greek cities joined under Tyndare's oath to defeat the kingdom of King Priam.
The city of Troy after a long siege fell thanks to Ulysses' ploy, which offered a horse filled with warriors concealed inside.
Great painting much appreciated at this time recounting an episode of Greek mythology, the subject is not static, the painter sought to imbue a movement, a scenography as realistic as possible or the intensity is present through several plans: warriors represented with a lot of details from where a certain confusion escapes, We find Paris determined in his project and Helene seeking the support of the men on horseback, in the lower left he the boat whose men are ready to receive the fugitives.
In the background the sky is dark as to predict the sad fate awaiting the fugitives.
Dimensions without frame: Height 98 cm X Length 144 cm
Dimensions with frame: Height 116.5 cm x Length 182.5 cm.