Pair of brightly colored lithograph portraits of a medieval couple, the young man holding a letter and the lady wearing a white veil. Most likely portraits of Abelard and Heloise, protagonists of one of the greatest love stories in history. It took place in medieval France. Pierre Abelard (1079-1142) was a brilliant philosopher, theologist and teacher hired by Fulbert, Heloise's uncle, to educate her. Abelard and Heloise fell in love and she gave birth to a child named Astrolabe. Because of a misunderstanding, detailed in Abelard's Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), her uncle believed Abelard had abandoned her and had him castrated. After this Abelard became a monk and Eloise took the veil and became a nun. Their letters, written in the 1130's, were later published as The letters of Abelard and Heloise. In 1817 their remains were transferred to the cementery Pere La Chaise in Paris, where they now rest. Ready to display, beautifully framed and matted, in gilt frames and mats decorated in the traditional fashion, with hand drawn lines, watercolor borders and foil bands. Lithographs in very good used condition, adhered to mat with light toning; small losses and imperfections to frames as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 15 1/8" by 13 1/4"; Visible Image: 8 3/4" by 6 3/4 " approximately.