Pandora  1873

by Alexandre Cabanel

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.
H: 27 5/8 x W: 19 3/8 in. (70.2 x 49.2 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum