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Hercules as Victor over Discord

Hercules as Victor over Discord

Peter Paul Rubens (in 1615 - 1620)

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The muscular man with his club was almost literally copied from the Farnese Hercules, one of the most famous ancient statues. The woman on the ground, whom Rubens added, symbolizes Envy conquered by the virtuous Hercules. The function of this sketch is unclear. It has been suggested that Rubens made the panel to show how a painter could bring a statue to life with paint.

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Title Hercules as Victor over Discord
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 64.5 cm
Width 46.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number 2297 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Age artist Between 38 and 43 years old
External exhibitions Rubens Triumph - Krieg-Politik-Malerei (2012)
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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