This painting was submitted to the Salon of 1827-1828 and is one of the major works dating from the artist's Romantic period. The motif is taken from the contemporaneous incident of the Greeks fighting their independence from the Turks. In a cave, there is a maiden crying in prayer with her hands clasped at her chest. Several Greek girls beseech with both hands raised in front of an altar where an Icon of the Virgin Mary is placed. Beyond the entrance to the cave are signs of belching powder smoke and fierce battle. Contrary to the tragic theme, Scheffer employs a gorgeous palette of Delacroix-style warm colours to finish the entire image up as beautifully as a gem box. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


  • Title: Greek Women Imploring at the Virgin of Assistance
  • Date Created: 1826
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated in lower left: A. Scheffer 1826
  • Provenance: Louis-Philippe d'Orléans (after 1826); Prince Antonie d'Orléans (Duc de Montpensier, catalogued in his collection in Seville, no. 352); Infanta Maria-Isabel (Comtesse de Paris, 1848-1919, on her marriage in 1864); Prince Ferdinand d'Orléans (Duc de Montpensier, 1884-1924); in 1924 to his widow Dona Maria Isabel de Olaneta y Ibarreta (Duchesse de Montpensier, 3rd. Marquesa de Valdeterrazo & Grandee of Spain 1893-1958); in 1958 to her second husband, Exc. mo. Jose Maria de Huarte y Jauregui (Marquez viudo de Valdeterazo, ?-1969); his heirs (1969-1995).
  • Physical Dimensions: w550 x h650 mm
  • Painter: Ary Scheffer
  • Object title (Japanese): 戦いの中、聖母の加護を願うギリシャの乙女たち
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1827-28年のサロンに出品されたこの作品は、画家アリ・シェフェールのロマン主義時代を代表する作品のひとつで、ギリシャの対トルコ独立戦争という同時代の出来事にモチーフを採った作品である。画面には岩屋の中の情景が描かれている。腕を胸の前で組み、涙を流しながら祈る乙女を中心に、数人のギリシャの女性たちが聖母の画像の安置された祠の前で双手を挙げて嘆願している。岩屋の外には、立ちのぼる硝煙と激しい戦闘の様子が垣間見える。その悲壮な主題とは裏腹に、シェフェールはドラクロワ風の暖色系の華麗な色彩を使い、画面全体を宝石箱のような美しさに仕上げている。(出典: デジタルギャラリー. 1999-2006)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): シェフェール、アリ
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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