Inventory number
P02040
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
Apollo and the Python
Chronology
1636 - 1937
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
26,8 cm x 42,2 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Donación María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

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 used by Cornelis de Vos as the basis for a painting on the same subject. It displays Rubens skill at generating the same sensuality and poetic character in these small panels as in his large-format mythological works.

 
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