Friday, September 28, 2018

01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 11c

Peter Paul Rubens, 1577 - 1640
Meleager presenting the head of the Calydonian Boar to Atalant
oil on panel
76 x 57.5 cm
Private collection

The goddess Artemis or Dianne was infuriated by the King of Calydon's disrespect for her and had sent an enormous boar to ravage the fields of Calydon. Meleager and Atalanta hunted the Calydonian boar and fell in love during the hunt. When Meleager assisted by Atalanta killed the boar, he offered the boar's head to Atalanta as a gesture of love. Meleager's uncles were however deeply offended and in the fight that followed Meleager killed them. Meleager's mother Althaea became angry and placed the log she had hidden away since Meleager's birth back on the fire. As a result the Fates' prophecy came true and Meleager died. More on this Painting

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish Baroque painter. A proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality, Rubens is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.

In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.  More Sir Peter Paul Rubens




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