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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.

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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 14.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number St 32
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Age artist About 59 years old
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material
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Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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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...

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