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Hercules and Cerberus
Rubens, Pedro Pablo
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Rubens, Pedro Pablo

Siegen, Westfalia, 1577 - Amberes, 1640

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Hercules and Cerberus

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel, 28 x 31.6 cm.

The mythological hero fights against the fearful three-headed dog that guards the Underworld while two figures, possibly the Underworld´s titular gods, Pluto and Proserpina, watch the scene in terror. Rubens was directly inspired by Ovid´s Metamorphoses in his depiction of this test of Hercules, though it is also described in other classical texts, such as Homer´s Iliad and Odyssey. This is one of the most expressive of all the sketches made for the projected decoration of the Torre de la Parada. It was developed on canvas on several occasions by at least three of Rubens´ assistants.

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Inventory number
P02043
Author
Rubens, Pedro Pablo
Title
Hercules and Cerberus
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 28 cm.; Width: 31.6 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. 596-599.

Corpus rubenianum Ludwig Burchard: an illustrated catalogue, IX, Arcade Press, Londres, 1968, pp. 219.

Díaz Padrón, Matías (1935-), Museo del Prado : catálogo de pinturas : escuela flamenca :, Museo del Prado: Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 303.

Held, Julius S., The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens : a critical catalogue..., The National Gallery of Art, Princeton, 1980, pp. 278-279.

Robels, Hella, Frans Snyders. Stibellen-Und Tiermaler 1579-1657, Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich, 1989, pp. 349.

Díaz Padrón, Matías (1935-), El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado : catálogo razonado, Prensa Iberica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1036.

Vergara, Alejandro, The Presence of Rubens in Spain. (Volumes i and II). Tesis D, A Bell & Howell Company, Ann Arbor, 1999, pp. 550.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens en la colección Pastrana-Infantado, Boletín 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.

Mena Marques, M, La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 199.

Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 95-97 Lám.23 fg.4.5.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 863.
Autor P.P. Rubens / 863. Un cuadro titulado 'El ultimo trabajo de Hércules' / Alto 0,29 ancho 0,32.

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Room 029 (On Display)

Update date: 13-05-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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