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The Death of Hector

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  • Julia F asked

    Where were the original paintings displayed and what were they used for?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Julia,
    The painting is a preparatory oil sketch for a tapestry, which would become part of a series of eight tapestries dedicated to the life of Achilles. The tapestries were probably commissioned by Ruben’s father-in-law Daniel Fourment, who was a tapestry merchant in Antwerp. Perhaps Fourment commissioned them for his own collection, but it is also possible that Fourment acted as a sort of go-between for a client who remains unknown. The number and the various dimensions of the eight tapestries may possibly have had something to do with the room for which this series was intended.
    Kind regards,
    Jephta

  • ella asked

    why did peter paul rubens create this piece

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Ella,
    This particular oil sketch belongs to a series of sketches depicting the life of Achilles. Rubens used these sketches as preliminary studies for a series of valuable tapestries. Namely, it was much easier for him to adjust details in the oil sketches to finalize the design than in the large, costly tapestries.
    Best,
    Frederieke

  • Shaun Hogan asked

    Is it goddess Athena overlooking the fight between achilles and hector?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Shaun, yes it is! There are three persons in the middle of this painting and the middle one is Athena (Minerva). She helped Achilles to beat Hector. Best, Xin

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Once Achilles had received new weapons from the fire god Vulcan, he threw himself into battle to revenge his best friend Patrocles. Ultimately he fights Hector. With the help of the goddess Minerva, he manages to beat him, as can be seen in this oil sketch by Rubens, the sixth in a series of eight, in which he illustrated the life of Achilles. The statues to the left and right are of Hercules and Mars. Hercules was the first to plunder Troy and Mars was the protector of Troy, but here turns his face from it.

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Title The Death of Hector
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 44.4 cm
Width 53 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 1760 d (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 Schilderkunst uit de eerste hand, Olieverfschetsen van Tintoretto tot Goya (1983)
Petrus Paulus Rubens in het Museum Boijmans (1933)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
External exhibitions Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
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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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