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Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
Rubens, Pieter Paul
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Rubens, Pieter Paul

Siegen, Westfalia, 1577 - Amberes, 1640

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Diana and her Nymphs Hunting

1636 - 1637. Oil on oak panel, 27.7 x 58 cm.

Recognizable by the crescent-moon-shaped diadem on her head, Diana hunts deer with spears and dogs, accompanied by various nymphs. The extremely horizontal composition is one of the peculiarities of this work, which belongs to an important sect of sketches made by Rubens for the pictorial decoration of the Torre de la Parada. On these small panels, the painter defined the design, colors, forms and structure of the future work so that one of his assistants could make the definitive canvas. Of all the surviving works from this set, the present may be one of the most significant due to its special dynamism and expressivity.


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Rubens, Pieter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
1636 - 1637
Oak panel
High/Height: 27.7 cm.; Width: 58 cm.
Torre de la Parada
Dation in payment of Caja Madrid, 2000

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. 205-206.

Vergara, Alejandro, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 548.

Vergara, Alejandro, Diana y sus ninfas cazando, de Rubens, Memoria de Actividades del Museo Nacional del Prado, 2000, 2001, pp. 48.

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

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 193.

Mena Marqués, 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. 106.

Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 231-233 Lám.47 fg.10.5.

Prado captive beauty: treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.30.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2581.
Autor: Pedro Pablo Rubens / 2581. Título: Diana y sus ninfas cazando / Tipo de obra: Pintura / Técnica y soporte: óleo sobre tabla / Medidas: 26.6 x 57.2 cms / Nº de Catálogo 7765. / Observaciones. / Entregado al Estado / como pago de parte de / deuda tributaria / de la Caja de Ahorros / y Monte de Piedad / de Madrid

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

La bellesa captiva. Petits tresors del Museo del Prado
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

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

05.11.2010 - 23.01.2011

Location +

Room 029 (On Display)

Update date: 23-02-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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