Helen of Troy By Jean-Michel Lengrand
• Artist: Jean-Michel Lengrand
• Title: Helen of Troy
• Medium: Original Oil on Panel Board
• Dimensions: Approx. 19.5W x 21H (Inches)
• Notes: This is an original item (Original Oil On Panel Board) and has been certified authentic. A one of a kind! Custom framing available.
This painting presents wife Queen Helen of Sparta, wife of King Menelaus, who has been kidnapped by Paris.
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