The Chosen Five

The Chosen Five, 1885
Edwin Long (1829-1891)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 01348
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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The Chosen Five

This painting shows the studio of the Greek artist, Zexious. The people of Crotona commissioned him to produce an image of the legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, for their temple. The five most beautiful maidens of the town were chosen to act as models for the work. Studies of Helen are scattered on the studio floor. The artists canvas leans against the wall on the left.

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