Inventory number
P01677
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
Title
Mercury
Chronology
1636-1638
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
180 cm x 69 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Figura Humana
On display
No
Provenance
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.

 
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