BALESTRA, Antonio
(b. 1666, Verona, d. 1740, Verona)

The Abduction of Helen

1738
Fresco
Villa Pompei Carlotti, Illasi

On the short walls of the main hall, faux frames contain The Killing of Achilles and The Abduction of Helen. Balestra's unusual skills as a colourist can be appreciated in these scenes.

In The Abduction of Helen, the two protagonists stage a charming minuet, moving toward the boat that awaits them. They are enveloped by the soft light of the sky, traversed by puffy clouds. The stillness of the scene as a whole is enlivened by a gust of wind that reveals the softness of the drapery.




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