Inventory number
P02044
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
Vertumnus and Pomona
Chronology
1636 - 1937
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
26,5 cm x 38,3 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Donación María Dionisia Vives y Zires, duquesa viuda de Pastrana, 1889.

According to Ovid's Metamorphosis, Vertumnus had to disguise himself as a woman in order to gain Pomona's love. Rubens chose to depict the moment when, having removed his disguise, Vertumnus declares his love to the attractive young woman. She holds a sickle in her right hand, which alludes to her condition as a deity related to the fruits of nature. That is also why the scene is set in a garden.

This sketch was for one of the paintings intended for the Torre de la Parada that was painted by Jacob Jordaens.

 
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