Inventory number
P02459
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
Cephalus and Procris
Chronology
1636 - 1937
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
27 cm x 28,6 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Donación María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

Fearing she was a victim of infidelity, Procris followed her beloved Cephalus to a clearing in the woods, where he was resting during a hunting expedition. The young woman's jealousy led her to her death when Cephalus mistook her for wild game and shot her with an arrow.

Rubens chose to depict that story from Ovid's Metamorphoses in this preparatory sketch for a painting intended to decorate the Torre de la Parada. The definitive painting by Peeter Symons was often mistakenly thought to represent the story of Vertumnus and Pomona.

Rubens uses models taken from Renaissance art, including Michelangelo's sculpture of Lorenzo de Medici, on which he based the figure of Procris.

 
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