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Saint Teresa of Avila's Vision of the Dove

Saint Teresa of Avila's Vision of the Dove

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1612 - 1614)

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  • Walli asked

    Where is this painting? Rubens St Teresa's vision of the dove i.e. Which museum owns it?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Walli,
    The painting is part of the collection Old Masters of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum. The painting is on display on the first floor of the Robbrecht staircase.


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This painting shows the vision that St Teresa of Avila describes in her autobiography. On the eve of Pentecost 1569 the Holy Spirit appeared to her in the form of a brilliant dove with wings like mother-of-pearl. Teresa, wearing the habit of the Carmelite order, kneels with her hands held out in ecstasy, transfixed by the dove.

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Title Saint Teresa of Avila's Vision of the Dove
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 90.5 cm
Height 62.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number VdV 71
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1972
Age artist Between 35 and 37 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions L'Europe de Rubens (2013)
Research Alma
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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