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The Wrath of Achilles

The Wrath of Achilles

After: Peter Paul Rubens (in 1630 - 1635)

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  • KUKIELZAK / Musée des Beaux-Arts Tours asked

    Peter Paul Rubens / The Wrath of Achilles
    Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours is preparing an exhibition about the French painter Antoine Coypel. Would you have the possibility to send more informations about this painting, and if possible a good picture of it for study ?.
    We also would be pleased to reproduce a picture of your painting in our catalogue. Could you let me know if it is possible ?
    Thanking you very much for your help,
    Yours sincerely,
    Karine KUKIELZAK
    Bibliothèque du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Kukielzak,
    For these questions i would recommend to send an email to our curator 'ancient art' Ruben Suykerbuyk. His e-mail address is ruben.suykerbuyk@boijmans.nl.
    Good luck with the exhibition!
    Kind regards, Sofie

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  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Wilma, I think your question didn't come through properly. You can ask another question if there's anything we can help you with. Best, Lisa


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King Agamemnon must give back his beloved Chryseis to her father, the priest of Apollo, in order to stop the plague. In exchange for his beloved, he took Briseis, the beloved of Achilles, in her place. This scene is the fourth in a series of eight oil sketches. In this depiction of the episode, the enraged Achilles is shown drawing his sword while being restrained by his hair by Minerva. Agamemnon is rising from his throne and is being restrained by his arm by the wise Nestor. After this episode, Achilles refused to take any further part in the war against Troy. Only after the death of his friend Patroclus did Achilles become reconciled with Agamemnon and return to the Greek army. This oil sketch is the fourth in a series of eight oil sketches which Rubens made about the life of Achilles in preparation for a series of tapestries.

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Title The Wrath of Achilles
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 46 cm
Height 44,8 cm
Artists After: Peter Paul Rubens
Maker: Atelier van Daniël Eggermans
Accession number 1760 b (OK)
Credits Gift 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 Rubens at Palazzo Te. Painting, Transformation and Freedom (2023)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the artist

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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