Gabriel von Max

Abelard und Heloise

after 1900

oil on canvas

Gabriel von Max


Abelard and Heloise (Abelard und Heloise)


     after 1900


     Oil on canvas

     41 x 36 cm


     Signed upper right: G. v. Max

     Inscribed upper left: Abelard u. Heloise

Conserved by Andrea Rothe (formerly, Getty Museum) and Jeanne McKee-Rothe (formerly, Norton Simon Museum).

Since October, 2015, on long-term loan to The Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.  The loan of “Abelard and Heloise,” dating from the last phase of von Max’s career, complements and contextualizes the Memorial Art Gallery’s relatively recent acquisition of a seminal work from the beginning of von Max’s career, “The Martyrdom of St. Ludmilla,” painted in 1864 (see

The title of the painting is, of course, a reference to history’s famous star-crossed lovers of the Middle Ages, Peter Abélard and Héloïse d’Argenteuil.




Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection