- Inventory number
- Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
- 180 cm x 69 cm
- Figura Humana
- On display
- Colección Real (Torre de la Parada, El Pardo-Madrid, cuarto bajo-pieza tercera, 1703-1711, s.n.; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara del señor infante don Luis, 1772, nº 1006; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, cuarto de la reina-antecámara, 1794, nº 1006; Palacio Real, Madrid, antecámara de la reina, 1814-1818, nº 1006).
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 Apollo gave him as a symbol of agreement and reconciliation.
The god's anatomy and the use of paint give this figure a sculptural appearance, showing Rubens capacity to depict on canvas some of the models of classical statuary he studied in Italy.
This work was painted for the Torre de la Parada, a small royal palace near Madrid, along with other mythological paintings also at the Prado Museum.