Inventory number
P02461
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
The Death of Hyacinth
Chronology
1636 - 1637
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
14,5 cm x 13,6 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Donación María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

Apollo helplessly contemplates the death throes of his beloved Hyacinth, who was hit by one of the discs the two were throwing in a display of their athletic skills.

This is one of the preparatory sketches Rubens made for the painting Jan Cossiers carried out for use in the Torre de la Parada. Rubens based this work on a sketch by Michelangelo, revealing his interest in Renaissance artists.

 
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