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Apollo and the Python
Rubens, Pieter Paul
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Rubens, Pieter Paul

Siegen, Westfalia, 1577 - Amberes, 1640

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Apollo and the Python

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel, 26.8 x 42.2 cm.

Apollo fights the terrible Python to free beautiful Andromeda, who was destined to be one of the victims of this monster. She is sketched in behind the beast. In the air, Cupid shoots his arrows into the God, alluding to the love arising between Apollo and Andromeda, as told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. This sketch was made as part of the projected decoration of the Torre de la Parada and was used by Cornelis de Vos as the basis for a painting on the same subject. It displays Rubens skill at generating the same sensuality and poetic character in these small panels as in his large-format mythological works.

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Inventory number
P02040
Author
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Title
Apollo and the Python
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 26.8 cm.; Width: 42.2 cm.
Serie
Torre de la Parada
Provenance
Bequest of María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

Bibliography +

Rooses, Max, Rubens. S. VIe et Ses Oeuvres, Flammarion, Paris, 1903, pp. 596-599.

Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, IX, Arcade Press, Londres, 1968, pp. 177-178.

Díaz Padrón, Matías (1935-), Museo del Prado : catálogo de pinturas : escuela flamenca :, Museo del Prado: Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 299-301.

Held, Julius S., The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens : a critical catalogue..., The National Gallery of Art, Princeton, 1980, pp. 255-256.

Díaz Padrón, Matías (1935-), El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado : catálogo razonado, Prensa Iberica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1028.

Vergara, Alejandro, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, I II, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 545.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens en la colección Pastrana-Infantado, Boletin del Museo del Prado, 21, 2003, pp. 24-40.

García Gual, C., 'Relato mítico y momento pictórico. Rubens y Ovidio' En Historias inmortales, Barcelona, 2003, pp. 281-298.

Classical mythology in the Netherlands in the age of Renaiss..., Peeters, Amberes, 2009.

Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 49,51 Lám.9 fg.3.2.

Mena Marques, M. Albarrán,V. Azúa, F.de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 108.

Lozano López, J.C, 'Flandes y la pintura en Aragón en los siglos XVI-XVII', Aragón y Flandes. Un encuentro artístico (siglos XV-XVII)., Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, 2015, pp. 102-130 [124].

Prado captive beauty : treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.32.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 957.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 957. Un cuadro titulado 'Apolo y la serpiente piton' / Alto 0,27 ancho 0,42

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
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Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

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05.11.2010 - 23.01.2011

Velázquez, Rubens, Claudio de Lorena y la pintura en la corte de Felipe IV
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Location +

Room 029 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 05-07-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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