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  • Anna asked

    Dear curator,
    The entry is not clear. Is it on canvas (see Details) or on panels?
    Thank you

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Anna, thank you for this. It is indeed on panel, not on canvas. We will adjust the information accordingly. Best, Rianne


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The very freely painted sketch, with 'All Saints' as its subject, was later developed by Rubens in a drawing. This drawing acted as a model for an engraving made by Theodoor Galle. The drawing and the mirrored print are, on the whole, very similar to the sketch. This similarity allows the figures on the Rubens oil sketch to be identified., The figure seen from behind with the gridiron in his hand is St Lawrence, on the left are the fathers of the church and on the right the naked St Sebastian and St George in armour. This sketch is so loosely painted that it is unclear which other saints Rubens had in mind. The composition is linked to an engraving for a book published in 1614. Rubens probably made the sketch to try out his initial ideas.

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Title All Saints
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 38 cm
Height 58 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 1738 (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: A.J. Lamme 1863
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1863
Age artist Between 31 and 37 years old
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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