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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 Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2518 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1636
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
External exhibitions Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
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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