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Nicolas Ruyssen (1757-1825 ) was a French painter who won First Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint-Omer in 1775, he lived in Paris for 6 years, then in Rome at the French Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to France in June 1791. During the French Revolution he took refuge in England and In 1803 he published a book illustrating the tapestry cartoons by Raphael owned by the Royal family. Ruyssen became drawing master to Queen Charlotte, her children and to the Court of George III.He returned to France in 1814 and died in May 18, 1826.
The woman depicted in this drawing is witnessing the Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple. Maccabees (3:21-28). Heliodorus is ordered by Seleucus IV Philopator, the king of Syria, to seize the treasure preserved in the Temple in Jerusalem. Answering the prayers of the high priest Onias, God sends a horseman assisted by two youths to drive Heliodorus out. The dramatic contro-posto pose of the woman's turned head brilliantly illustrates her amazed witnessing of this scene.
|Height||27.00 inch||(68.58 cm)|
|Width||21.00 inch||(53.34 cm)|
|Depth||1.50 inch||(3.81 cm)|