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Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Humanity´s rebirth after the flood is represented in Greek mythology through the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha. After surviving the disaster, they threw stones over their shoulders, each of which beca [+]

Archduke Alberto de Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Archduke Alberto de Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Alberto de Austria, the sovereign prince of the Low Countries, is dressed in black and sits under a canopy indicating that this is a court portrait. Unlike the customary indoor portraits, this one is [+]

The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul -Painter- (And Workshop)
The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul -Painter- (And Workshop)

Proserpine, daughter of the earth goddess Ceres, was kidnapped by Pluto, the god of the underworld. Despite the resistance put up by Minerva, Venus and Diana, their relationship would blossom into lov [+]

Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans
Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans

As goddess of the Earth and agriculture, Ceres is depicted wearing a bundle of wheat spikes on her head. Beside her, Pan, the god of shepherds and herds, has a crown of oak leaves. Ceres symbolizes cu [+]

Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

Mercury, the son of Jupiter and Maya, bears his characteristic attributes as the gods´ messenger: a winged hat and shoes, as well as the caduceus, a hazel wand with two serpents wound around it, which [+]

Saint Thomas
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saint Thomas
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul

This is one of a series of twelve panels (P01646, P01647, P01648, P01649, P01650, P01651, P01652, P01653, P01654, P01655, P01656, P01657) that make up an apostolate that originally included a Savior o [+]

Briseis returned to Achilles by Nestor
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Briseis returned to Achilles by Nestor
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

A model for the tapestry on the same subject that belongs to a series of eight about the Greek hero. The Story of Achilles is smaller than other projects by Rubens, but the quality of its sketches, mo [+]

Ceres and Two Nymphs
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans
Ceres and Two Nymphs
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans

Goddess of grains and the harvest, Ceres holds some corn cobs in her right hand while, with the left, she holds a horn of plenty. Two nymphs fill the cornucopia with fruits, symbolizing the Earth´s ge [+]

The Sense of Smell
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Smell
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This set of paintings on the five senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) was one of the most successful collaborations of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel “the Elder”. Rubens placed his figure [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

According to Ovid (Metamorphosis, book V), in order to avoid her husband Jupiter´s infidelities, the goddess, Juno, converted the nymph, Io, into a lamb and called on Argos, the shepherd, to look afte [+]

The Birth of the Milky Way
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Birth of the Milky Way
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Hercules was born from one of Jupiter´s affairs with a mortal. Though loved and protected by his father, he was repudiated by the latter´s wife, Juno. In order to insure his son´s immortality, Jupiter [+]

Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Portrayed as an old man in accordance with the conventional method that was faithful to prevailing iconographic precepts, in his right hand the god Saturn clasps a scythe, his inveterate attribute, us [+]

The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Apollo helplessly contemplates the death throes of his beloved Hyacinth, who was hit by one of the discs the two were throwing in a display of their athletic skills. This is one of the preparatory ske [+]

Saint Paul
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saint Paul
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul

This is one of a series of twelve panels (P01646, P01647, P01648, P01649, P01650, P01651, P01652, P01653, P01654, P01655, P01656, P01657) that make up an apostolate that originally included a Savior o [+]

Achilles discovered by Ulysses and Diomedes
Oil on canvas. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Achilles discovered by Ulysses and Diomedes
Oil on canvas. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

According to prophecy, Achilles was to die in the Trojan War. In order to avoid this, his mother hid him in the court of King Lycomedes, disguised as a woman. There, he spent time among the king´s dau [+]

Saint Matthew
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saint Matthew
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul

This is one of a series of twelve panels (P01646, P01647, P01648, P01649, P01650, P01651, P01652, P01653, P01654, P01655, P01656, P01657) that make up an apostolate that originally included a Savior o [+]

Saint Bartholomew
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saint Bartholomew
Oil on panel. 1610 - 1612
Rubens, Peter Paul

This is one of a series of twelve panels (P01646, P01647, P01648, P01649, P01650, P01651, P01652, P01653, P01654, P01655, P01656, P01657) that make up an apostolate that originally included a Savior o [+]

Hercules killing the Dragon in the Garden of the Hesperides
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Hercules killing the Dragon in the Garden of the Hesperides
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Rubens painted this scene for Philip IV of Spain. It shows Hercules fighting with the dragon which guarded the Garden of Hesperides, to where the hero had travelled in search of the golden apples that [+]

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