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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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  • Barascud Clotilde asked

    Qui a commander ce tableau au 17ème siècle ?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Clotilde,
    This panel is the right part of the predella, this is the base or plinth of an altarpiece. Originally it was part of an altarpiece in the Church of the Discalced Carmelites in Brussels. I therefore think that it may have been commissioned by the church, which of course used to be a major client in the past. I hope this answers your question! Kind regards, Sofie

  • Borja asked

    Hello, Is this the complete work? Isn't the dove missing?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Borja, you are correct in remarking that this image doesn't depict the entire work. It has been cropped incorrectly in our system. Thus, on the painting itself, the dove is visible. I've contacted the registrar, so we'll can take another image to put on our website that is correct. Thank you for letting us know. Best, Lisa

  • 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 Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number VdV 71
Credits Loan Foundation Willem van der Vorm, 1972
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in 1612 - 1614
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Internal 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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