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|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 14 cm
Height 14.5 cm
Peter Paul Rubens
|Accession number||St 32|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)|
|Age artist||About 59 years old|
|Collector||Collector / Franz Koenigs|
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|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...Bekijk het volledige profiel