''Women are often used by men. Men come to rescue you but they have their own agenda. Helen and Cassandra are beautiful and well-dressed, but they represent how women are often the pawns of men and suffer hugely in times of war. Like many women in these situations today, they have no say in their own fate. Taken advantage of by men, they are not part of the conversation. They have no voice and little power. Helen is not given any choices, while Cassandra speaks the truth but the gods make sure that no-one will believe her. Look beyond your first impressions of these paintings – the hardship behind the beauty, the suffering behind the mask of beautiful faces''. Written by members of Crisis, a national charity for homeless people, British Museum, based on ''Helen of Troy'' and ''Cassandra'' paintings by Evelyn De Morgan 1898.
Find out more about Troy, the myth of the Trojan War and its legacy in art and literature in the BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality from 21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020 (adults from 20£).