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Achilles Educated by the Centaur Chiron

Achilles Educated by the Centaur Chiron

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1630 - 1635)

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The centaur Chiron raised Achilles at the request of Achilles' mother. This centaur, half man, half horse, was, in classical mythology, a famous teacher to various heroes and gods. Attributes in the oil sketch, such as lyre, arrow and hunting horns, refer to his lessons in music and poetry and hunting. He also gave lessons in horse-riding and medicine, which is symbolised by the god Aesculapius, who is depicted on the left as a hermit. This is the second in a series of eight oil sketches by Rubens, based on the life of the Greek hero Achilles.

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Title Achilles Educated by the Centaur Chiron
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 38,5 cm
Height 44 cm
Artists Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 1760 a (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: D.G. van Beuningen 1933
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1933
Creation date in 1630 - 1635
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal 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)
External exhibitions L'Europe de Rubens (2013)
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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