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Thetis Receiving the Arms of Achilles from Vulcan

Thetis Receiving the Arms of Achilles from Vulcan

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1630 - 1635)

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On this oil sketch, Rubens depicts the moment when the Greek hero Achilles had lost his armour, which he had lent to his friend Patroclus, but had decided to participate again in the Trojan War. His mother Thetis asked Vulcan, the god of fire, for help. He immediately set to work to forge new armour. On this oil sketch, the fifth in a series of eight that Rubens produced, the god is handing over a shield to Thetis.

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Title Thetis Receiving the Arms of Achilles from Vulcan
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 53.4 cm
Height 44.6 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 1760 c (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: D.G. van Beuningen 1933
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1933
Age artist Between 53 and 58 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions Petrus Paulus Rubens in het Museum Boijmans (1933)
Schilderkunst uit de eerste hand, Olieverfschetsen van Tintoretto tot Goya (1983)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material
Object
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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