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Rubens - Virgin and Child

Item Code: m325

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Hollstein 106 (under Galle) Schneevoogt 92.156

The Virgin and Child in a niche adorned by angels with garlands; the Virgin with sceptre holding the Child with globe on her left side; standing at centre on a pedestal in a niche of a Corinthian temple; a fruit garland at left; three angels and three putti carrying another garland at right; after Peter Paul Rubens. c.1630-1640

Lettered in lower margin in eight verses Latin "Quam bene Virgo parens ... dat arbor opes", underneath three lines of dedication to Nicolas Rockox by Herman de Neyt publisher, below left "P. P. Rubens inventor", right "Corn. Galle sculpsit. Cum Privilegio"

With variations after a painting by Erasmus Quellinus (Rooses 201), probably then copied by Rubens.

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SKU m325
Picture Size 56,40 cm x 41,20 cm
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Cornelis Galle
period 17th century
School Flemish
subject Religious
rating *****

Cornelius Galle 1576-1650

Member of the famous Galle family with the founder Phillips who was engraver of some and publisher of many Breughel prints.


Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)

RubensFlemish painter and draughtsman, famous during his life and thereafter.

At first Rubens paints mainly biblical and mythological tableaux, while his Antwerp period (1608-1618) is characterized by its abundance of portraits. After Rubens retires to his country estate 't Steen at Elewijt in 1635, he dedicates himself to landscape painting.
Between 1600 en 1608 Rubens travels through Spain and Italy, where he is influenced by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael. Back in Antwerp in 1609 he marries Isabella Brandt. After her death in 1620 Rubens sets out on his travels once again, marrying Hélène Fourment in 1630.

Rubens is the embodiment of Flemish baroque. His temperament helps him break with the reigning, rigid style of his day. Characteristic of his work are the many voluptuous nudes, chubby to modern standards. Rubens draws more commissions than he can handle; in his workshop others do much of his work for him. Often Rubens would draw the composition and add the final touch.

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