Inventory number
P07765
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
Chronology
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
27,7 cm x 58 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Dation in payment of Caja Madrid, 2000

Recognizable by the crescent-moon-shaped diadem on her head, Diana hunts deer with spears and dogs, accompanied by various nymphs.

The extremely horizontal composition is one of the peculiarities of this work, which belongs to an important sect of sketches made by Rubens for the pictorial decoration of the Torre de la Parada.

On these small panels, the painter defined the design, colors, forms and structure of the future work so that one of his assistants could make the definitive canvas. Of all the surviving works from this set, the present may be one of the most significant due to its special dynamism and expressivity.

 
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