London, South Kensington
18 December 1998
French School, 18th Century
Athalie repulsed by Joad
oil on canvas
54½ x 72½ in. (138.4 x 184.2 cm.)
S.J. Smith & Son; Christie's, 27 Feb. 1893, lot 32 as 'Le Soeur' (unsold at 7 gns.).
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The subject is taken from the final scene of Racine's play Athalie, first staged in 1691 under the patronage of Louis XIV. It's story is derived from the bible but had rarely been depicted in painting before production of the play.
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