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The Martyrdom of Saint Livinus

The Martyrdom of Saint Livinus

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1633 - 1635)

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  • LEONARDO asked


  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Leonardo. the image is based upon a gruesome story about the life of an Irish missionary called Livinus. Kind regards, Els

  • Michaela Watrelot asked

    Hello, would you be able to tell me the provenance of artwork "the martyrdom of saint Livinus? I am a PhD candidate, currently researching the collection of Rudolf Kann - he owned "Skizze zu dem Gemälde Martyrium des St. Lievin" measuring 81 x 56cm. Could this be the artwork? From what I know, Kann purchased it from the collection Crabbe in Brussels and later it was sold to Duveen. Thank you!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Michaela, indeed it is. I will send you a longer reply via e-mail. Best, Rianne

  • Riccardo Tischler asked

    Could you please communicate to me the dimensions of the modello (bozzetto) of the painting "the martyrdom of saint Livinus?
    Thank you

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Riccardo, you can find the measurements under 'specifications' on the object page on Collection Boijmans Online. They are 84,5 cm (h) x 59 cm (w). Best, Rianne


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This is an episode from the life of the Irish missionary St Livinus, who preached in Flanders and Zeeland in the first half of the seventh century. Whilst attempting to convert non believers, he was attacked by godless robbers who tore out his tongue and threw it to the dogs. God punished his assailants with a devastating thunderbolt.
The painting is the 'modello' for an enormous canvas (414 x 347 cm) that Rubens painted for the St Livinus Church in Ghent. The painting currently hangs in the museum in Brussels.

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Title The Martyrdom of Saint Livinus
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 84,5 cm
Width 59 cm
Depth 10,5 cm
Artists Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2515 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1633 - 1635
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Schilderkunst uit de eerste hand, Olieverfschetsen van Tintoretto tot Goya (1983)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
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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