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Achilles discovered by Ulysses among the daughters of Lycomedes
Rubens, Pieter Paul (and workshop)
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Rubens, Pieter Paul (and workshop)

Achilles discovered by Ulysses among the daughters of Lycomedes

1630 - 1635. Oil on panel, 107.5 x 145.5 cm.

Disguised as a woman, Achilles took refuge at the court of King Lycomedes in order to avoid going to the Trojan War where a terrible prophecy predicted his death while still a young man. Ulysses wanted the help of this hero in the fight and thought up a trick to discover him. He came to court in the guise of a merchant, offering numerous objects to the ladies on the left who appreciate these jewels and feminine elements. But Achilles takes an interest in a military helmet, which appears on his head in this painting, thus revealing his masculine condition. This is one of the cartoons Rubens made for a series of tapestries based on the life of Achilles. It is characterized by an especially careful design and a knowledge of classical Antiquity, and is also a magnificent example of one of Rubens most customary concerns: designs for tapestries.


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Rubens, Pieter Paul (and workshop)
Achilles discovered by Ulysses among the daughters of Lycomedes
1630 - 1635
High/Height: 107.5 cm.; Width: 145.5 cm.
Bequest of María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

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Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, T. 10, Arcade Press, Bruselas, 1975, pp. 104-111.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado : catálogo de pinturas : escuela flamenca :..., Museo del Prado. Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 309.

Jaffe, Michael, Rubens: catálogo completo, Rizzoli, Milán, 1989, pp. 217, 324.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Prensa Iberica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 1052.

Vergara, Alejandro1960-, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 541-543.

Pedro Pablo Rubens : la historia de Aquiles /, Pedro Pablo Rubens. La historia de Aquiles, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ; Museo Nacional del, Rotterdam-Madrid, 2003.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens en la colección Pastrana-Infantado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXI, 2003, pp. 24-40.

VVAA, Tapestry in the baroque: new aspects of production and patro..., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, 2010, pp. 20-33.

Paolini, C, 'P.P.Rubens. Achille scoperto de Ulisse tra le figle di Diomede' En:, Marsilio Editori,, 2016, pp. 232-233 n.63.

Jaffé, D, 'Rubens e l'Italia' En:, Rubens e la nascita del Barocco, Marsilio Editori,, 2016, pp. 59-67 [65 n.63].

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Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 915.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 915. Un cuadro titulado 'Aquiles en la corte de Licomedes' / Alto 1,10 ancho 1,43

Exhibitions +

Pietro Paolo Rubens e la nascitá del Barocco
26.10.2016 - 26.02.2017

05.11.2010 - 23.01.2011

Pedro Pablo Rubens. La historia de Aquiles
09.12.2003 - 01.03.2004

Intercambio Vermeer: Rubens - Achilles. Rubens Het leven van Achilles. Van schets tot wandtapijt - La serie de Aquiles
05.09.2003 - 30.11.2003

Update date: 04-03-2017 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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