DUBREUIL, Toussaint
(b. ca. 1561, Paris, d. 1602, Paris)

Hyanthe and Clymene Offering a Sacrifice to Venus

c. 1600
Oil on canvas, 190 x 140 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In Greek mythology, Hyanthe and Clymene are the two daughters of a king of Crete who rescued Francus, the Trojan ancestor of the Franks, when he was shipwrecked. Dubreuil's painting belonged to a group of about sixty paintings that Henri IV commissioned between 1594 and 1602 for the Château Neuf of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.