Peter Paul Rubens / The Feast of Herod / c. 1633/38Peter Paul Rubens
The Feast of Herod
c. 1633/38

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Creator Name: Rubens, Peter Paul
Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1577 - 1640
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Seigen, Westphalia
Creator Death Place: Antwerp
Creator Name-CRT: Peter Paul Rubens
Title: The Feast of Herod
Title Type: Primary
Title: Het Feest van Herodes
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1633
Creation End Date: 1638
Creation Date: c. 1633/38
Creation Start Date: 1637
Creation Date: c. 1637-1638
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: pen and brown ink, with black and red chalk, touched with white gouache (in Herod's turban)
Dimensions: Sheet: 27.2cm x 47.2cm, Secondary Support: 27.6cm x 47.3cm
Inscriptions: by artist, upper center, in brown ink: de Herodias [wat hooger? (or: "meden hoofte," "wat hoegte," or "wat hogher")]; by artist, lower right, in brown ink: den[or: deze] stoel te [cort?].
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1954.2.a
Credit Line: Delia E. Holden and L. E. Holden Funds
Provenance: unidentified collector, possibly Viennese (Lugt 622, verso, lower right, in black ink). [Herbert N. Bier].
Context: The Bible recounts the story of the Feast of Herod in the New Testament. Urged by her vengeful mother Herodias, the young Salome requests the head of Saint John the Baptist on a platter from her stepfather, King Herod. Pleased with her dancing at his banquet, Herod rashly grants Salome her wish.Since few compositional drawings from late in Rubens's career survive, this work is especially important for what it indicates about his working method. Its schematic use of line reveals a side of the artist that is rarely seen. It truly shows him thinking on paper. The written notations on the sheet refer to changes Rubens wished to make in the composition.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1954.2.a
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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