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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Helena

Flourished circa 350 B.C.E., ancient Greece

According to traditional sources, Helena was a painter in fourth-century B.C.E. Greece, known best for a painting she did of the Battle of Issus. The famous Alexander mosaic at Pompeii, which depicts Alexander’s defeat of Darius at the Battle of Issus, may be a copy of Helena’s painting, but it has also been linked to the work of another painter, Philoxenus of Eretria.