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The Persecution of the Harpies
Rubens, Peter Paul
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Rubens, Peter Paul

Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640

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The Persecution of the Harpies

1636 - 1637. Oil on panel Room 079

In his Metamorphoses, Ovid tells of the moment when the Harpies, monstrous beings that were half bird and half woman, were pursued and killed by two of the Argonauts that accompanied Jason. On this panel, Rubens depicts the scene that served as a preparatory sketch for a painting by Erasmus Quellinus that hung in the Torre de la Parada. The subject is one of the most enigmatic of the whole series. Before its true meaning was known, it was interpreted as the “banishment of the night” or as “angels driving evil spirits away.” Indirectly, this painting displays Rubens´ mastery of classical texts, which allowed him to include the most varied subject matter into his mythological works.

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Inventory number
P002458
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
The Persecution of the Harpies
Date
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 14.4 cm.; Width: 14 cm.
Series
Torre de la Parada
Provenance
Bequest of María Dionisia Vives y Zires, Duchess of 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. 215.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 305.

Held, Julius S., The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens : a critical catalogue..., The National Gallery of Art, Princeton, 1980, pp. 300-301.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 1042.

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, XXI, 2003, pp. 24-40.

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

Ed. Mena Marques, M, La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 201.

Georgievska-Shine, Aneta Silver, Larry, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Ashgate, Surrey, 2014, pp. 121-123 Lám.28 fg.4.19.

Vergara, Alejandro, 'P.P.Rubens. Serie de la Torre de la Parada' En:, Rubens: Pintor de bocetos, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2018, pp. 208-222 n.71.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 901.
Autor copia de P.P. Rubens / 901. Un cuadro titulado dos ángeles ahuyentando a los espíritus malignos / Alto 0,15 ancho 0,14.

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Velázquez, Rubens, Claudio de Lorena y la pintura en la corte de Felipe IV
Bonn
07.10.1999 - 23.01.2000

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Room 079 (On Display)

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Update date: 25-07-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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