:host { --enviso-primary-color: #FF8A21; --enviso-secondary-color: #FF8A21; font-family: 'boijmans-font', Arial, Helvetica,sans-serif; } .enviso-basket-button-wrapper { position: relative; top: 5px; } .enviso-btn { font-size: 22px; } .enviso-basket-button-items-amount { font-size: 12px; line-height: 1; background: #F18700; color: white; border-radius: 50%; width: 24px; height: 24px; min-width: 0; display: flex; align-items: center; justify-content: center; text-align: center; font-weight: bold; padding: 0; top: -13px; right: -12px; } Previous Next Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Tiktok Linkedin Back to top
Nereid and Triton

Ask anything


Thank you. Your question has been submitted.

Unfortunately something has gone wrong while sending your question. Please try again.

Request high-res image

More information

This sketch with two sea creatures does not illustrate any specific mythological story. The tritons, semi-human beings with a curled fish tail and fin-shaped ‘seahorse legs’, and their companions, the beautiful naked nereids, are lower sea gods, who are seldom absent from mythological scenes with a maritime character. They belong to the court of Neptune and are often present at the birth of Venus, a scene Rubens used for the Torre de la Parada and other assignments. The design of a nereid sitting on the back of a triton blowing a horn, is very traditional: it already appear in ancient times and there are numerous examples in renaissance art. The sketch is a design for the decoration of the Torre de la Parada hunting lodge, belonging to King Philip IV of Spain.

Read more Read less

Collection book

Collection book Order


Title Nereid and Triton
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 14 cm
Height Error: 14,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number St 32
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in 1636
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
External exhibitions Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

Do you have corrections or additional information about this work? Please, send us a message

All about the artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...

Bekijk het volledige profiel