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The Death of Héloïse

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Héloïse (or Eloisa) is lying on her deathbed, a priest gesticulates heavenwards and two nuns kneel beside her. This is the conclusion of the tragic medieval story of Héloïse (1101–1164), niece of Fulbert, a canon of Notre Dame Cathedral, and Peter Abelard (1079–1142), a preacher and her teacher. The lovers are immortalised in the poem by Alexander Pope (1688–1744) by which Kauffmann was inspired on more than one occasion.

National Trust, Stourhead

Warminster


Date

1782–1786

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 40.5 x W 40.5 cm

Accession number

732303

Acquisition method

gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946

Work type

Painting


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National Trust, Stourhead

Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD England

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