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The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1636

Artist:

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577–1640

About this artwork

In this oil sketch, the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens illustrated a moment from the ancient Roman poem Metamorphoses for the hunting lodge of King Philip IV of Spain. In the middle of a wedding celebration, the goddess of discord, Eris, has thrown a golden apple into the feast to provoke jealousy. She succeeds in igniting a competition for the extraordinary fruit between Venus, goddess of beauty, who sits nude in the foreground; Juno, goddess of marriage, who wears a flowing veil at the center; and Minerva, goddess of war, who stands at the left in a helmet. Rubens humanized the gods through robust modeling of their bodies and facial expressions, a choice appropriate to the subject matter, a story of their pride and vanity.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Title

The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis

Origin

Flanders

Date

1636

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

10 5/8 × 16 3/4 in. (27 × 42.6 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1947.108

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