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Drawing - Study of a male figure, for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'
  • Study of a male figure, for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'
    Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640
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Study of a male figure, for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1613-1614 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawing in black chalk, heightened with white, on warm toned paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.517

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DG, shelf 42

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Physical description

Study of a male figure, for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'; Drawing in black chalk, heightened with white, on warm toned paper.

Place of Origin

Belgium (possibly, drawn)

Date

ca. 1613-1614 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawing in black chalk, heightened with white, on warm toned paper

Dimensions

Height: 18.8 in, Width: 15.6 in

Object history note

This is a study for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'. It was formerly thought to be a study for 'Descent of the Damned' or an avenging angel in 'The Fall of Angels' in Munich.

Collections-Prosper Henri Lanckrinck and Lord Spencer.

Descriptive line

Rubens, Peter Paul; Study of a male figure, for Mercury descending in 'The Education of Marie de Medici'; Drawing in black chalk, heightened with white, on warm toned paper; Flemish School; ca. 1613-1614.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

'FLEMISH SCHOOL.
...
SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS.
Painter and Etcher.
Born at Siegen in 1577, lived chiefly at Antwerp, visited London and Madrid, died at Antwerp, in 1640.
...
FALLING FIGURE. Study of a figure, for the “Descent of the Damned.” Black chalk, heightened with white, on warm toned paper. 517
Height, 18 10/12 inches. Width, 15 7/12 inches.
Collections-Prosper Henri Lanckrinck and Lord Spencer.'

Materials

Black chalk; Toned paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Heightening

Subjects depicted

Man; Mercury

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection code

PDP

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