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Cephalus and Procris
Rubens, Pieter Paul
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Rubens, Pieter Paul

Siegen, Westfalia, 1577 - Amberes, 1640

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Cephalus and Procris

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel, 27 x 28.6 cm.

Fearing she was a victim of infidelity, Procris followed her beloved Cephalus to a clearing in the woods, where he was resting during a hunting expedition. The young woman´s jealousy led her to her death when Cephalus mistook her for wild game and shot her with an arrow. Rubens chose to depict that story from Ovid´s Metamorphoses in this preparatory sketch for a painting intended to decorate the Torre de la Parada. The definitive painting by Peeter Symons was often mistakenly thought to represent the story of Vertumnus and Pomona. Rubens uses models taken from Renaissance art, including Michelangelo´s sculpture of Lorenzo de Medici, on which he based the figure of Procris.

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Inventory number
P02459
Author
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Title
Cephalus and Procris
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 27 cm.; Width: 28.6 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. 599-596.

Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, IX, Arcade Press, Londres, 1968, pp. 190.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 306.

Held, Julius S., The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens : a critical catalogue..., The National Gallery of Art, Princeton, 1980, pp. 265.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1044.

Vergara, Alejandro1960-, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 547.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens en la colección Pastrana-Infantado, BOLETIN DEL MUSEO DEL PRADO, 21, 2003, pp. 24-40.

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. 69 Lám.15 fg.3.15.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 864.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 864. Un cuadro titulado 'Vertumno y Pomona' / Alto 0,29 ancho 0,32.

Exhibitions +

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
Bonn
07.10.1999 - 23.01.2000

Location +

Room 029 (On Display)

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Update date: 21-09-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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