The centaur Chiron raised Achilles at the request of Achilles' mother. This centaur, half man, half horse, was, in classical mythology, a famous teacher to various heroes and gods. Attributes in the oil sketch, such as lyre, arrow and hunting horns, refer to his lessons in music and poetry and hunting. He also gave lessons in horse-riding and medicine, which is symbolised by the god Aesculapius, who is depicted on the left as a hermit. This is the second in a series of eight oil sketches by Rubens, based on the life of the Greek hero Achilles.
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|Title||Achilles Educated by the Centaur Chiron|
|Material and technique||Oil on panel|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 38.5 cm
Height 44 cm
Peter Paul Rubens
|Accession number||1760 a (OK)|
|Credits||Schenking / Donation: D.G. van Beuningen 1933|
|Age artist||Between 53 and 58 years old|
|Collector||Collector / D.G. van Beuningen|
Schilderkunst uit de eerste hand, Olieverfschetsen van Tintoretto tot Goya (1983)
Petrus Paulus Rubens in het Museum Boijmans (1933)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
L'Europe de Rubens (2013)
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|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...Bekijk het volledige profiel