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Narcissus Falling in Love with His Own Reflection

Narcissus Falling in Love with His Own Reflection

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1636)

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Among Rubens’s many royal commissions was one from King Philip IV of Spain for the decorations for his hunting lodge near Madrid. It involved more than a hundred paintings, sixty of them after Rubens’s own designs. They were ordered in 1636 and completed in 1637. That was only possible because Rubens had a large workshop. But he made the sketches himself. Here are six of them.

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Title Narcissus Falling in Love with His Own Reflection
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 14 cm
Height 14.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2518 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist About 59 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions 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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