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Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

In classical mythology, Silenus was the guardian of forests. He was supposed to raise Bacchus when the latter was a child. Rubens depicts him in the customary manner: with goat ears and a scraggly beard, alluding to his condition as a wild being, and clothed only in buckskin. The mask on which he is leaning recalls his ties to the world of theater, as a Bacchic and festive deity. Rubens once again

Vulcan and Fire
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Rubens, Peter Paul (Follower Of)
Vulcan and Fire
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Rubens, Peter Paul (Follower Of)

This work, together with Aeolus (P001716), is mentioned in the Zarzuela Palace (inventario de la Testamentaría de Carlos II [inventory of the Testament of Charles II], 1701–3) as ‘two frameless paintings, one and a half vara high, of the elements of fire and air’. Curiously, Ponz, in his Viage when recounting his experience in the Capuchin convent of El Pardo in Madrid near the Manzanares r

Apollo and the Serpent Python
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Apollo and the Serpent Python
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Apollo fights the terrible Python to free beautiful Andromeda, who was destined to be one of the victims of this monster. She is sketched in behind the beast. In the air, Cupid shoots his arrows into the God, alluding to the love arising between Apollo and Andromeda, as told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses. This sketch was made as part of the projected decoration of the Torre de la Parada and was use

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