Artist : Alexandre Cabanel (1823–1889)
Title Pandora
English: Cabanel, a professor of painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, specialized in portraits of "High Society." Here, he depicts the Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson as Pandora, the woman in Greek mythology who opened a forbidden box, releasing all the troubles that afflict humanity.
Date 1873
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 70.2 cm (27.6 in). Width: 49.2 cm (19.4 in). ; Framed H with build up: 42 3/8 x W: 33 3/4 x D: 5 in. (107.63 x 85.73 x 12.7 cm)
Current location
Walters Art Museum
Accession number 37.99
Exhibition history A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979. Alexandre Cabanel, la tradition du beau. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Köln; Musee Fabre, Montpellier. 2010-2011.
Credit line Acquired by William T. Walters, 1873
Inscriptions [Signature] At upper right in yellow letters: ALEX. CABANEL; [Date] Upper right in yellow letters: 1873
Ownership history

William T. Walters, Baltimore, October 26, 1873, by purchase [from the artist, G. A. Lucas as agent]
1894: inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore
1931: bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters

Place of origin Brussels, Belgium (?)
Source/Photographer Walters Art Museum:

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