Our religious scene depicts praying St. Helena and was executed by renowed Austrian portrait and miniature artist Adolf Theer (1811-1868) after painting of famous French painter Paul Delaroche (1797 - .1856). Adolf Theer was the brother of two another Austrian miniature painters Robert and Alfred Theer, The artist studied at the Vienna Academy and began exhibiting in 1832.
Saint Helena or Saint Helen (Latin: Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta; c. 250 - c. 330) was the consort of the Roman emperor Constantius Chlorus and the mother of the emperor Constantine the Great. She is an important figure in the history of Christianity and the world due to her major influence on her son and her own contributions in placing Christianity at the heart of Western Civilization. She is traditionally credited with a pilgrimage to Syria Palaestina, during which she is claimed to have discovered the True Cross.
She is revered as a saint by the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, the Roman Catholic, and the Anglican as well as commemorated by the Lutheran Church.
Inscription: inscribed, signed and illegiable dated lower right in German: "nach Paul Delaroche , Adolf Theer 18.."
Technique: gouache on paper.
Measurements: image w 7 1/2" x h 11 1/4" (19 x 28.5 cm), framed w 14 1/4" x h 18" (36 x 45.5 cm)
Condition: in good condition, slight abraisions of paper along the left edge, a tiny insignificant stain on the face of the right girl, the red mantle of St.Helena was covered with varnish by the painter, there are some paint losses and restorations (see photo)