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Drawing - God the Father
  • God the Father
    Rubens, Peter Paul, born 1577 - died 1640
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God the Father

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Southern Netherlands (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1628-9 (drawn)
    late 16th century - early 17th century

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rubens, Peter Paul, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black chalk and oil colour, heightened with white and ruled in for copying

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.514

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

God the Father; heavily draped and reclining on clouds, and supported by the globe over which he stretches his left arm, while he raises his right hand in benediction; Black chalk and oil colour, heightened with white and ruled in for copying. The top corners cut off; Inscribed with a spurious signature, Taddius Zuccarus.; Possibly a study for the figure of God in 'Fall of the Angels' or 'Holy Trinity' at Munich.

Place of Origin

Southern Netherlands (possibly, drawn)

Date

ca.1628-9 (drawn)
late 16th century - early 17th century

Artist/maker

Rubens, Peter Paul, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

black chalk and oil colour, heightened with white and ruled in for copying

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with a spurious signature, Taddius Zuccarus.

Dimensions

Height: 410 mm, Width: 370 mm

Object history note

Jan van der Does, Heer van Bergesteyn (c.1635?–1704);5 Valerius Röver (1686–1739), Delft; by descent to his wife, Cornelia Röver-van der Dussen (1689–1762); sold through Henrik de Leth, Amsterdam, on 22 January 1761, to Jonkheer Johann Goll van Franckenstein the elder (1722–85), Velsen; Charles Rogers (1711–84), London (L. 624), his sale, London, Thomas Philipe, 15ff. April 1799, lot 574: ‘RUBENS ... on the drawing of Taddeo Zuccaro’; Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869), London (L. 711 bis), by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869.

Possibly a study for the figure of God in 'Fall of the Angels' or 'Holy Trinity' at Munich.

Descriptive line

Drawing, God the Father; by Peter Paul Rubens (reworking of drawing by anonymous late sixteenth-century Italian artist); Black chalk and oil colour, heightened with white and ruled in for copying; Possibly a study for the figure of God in 'Fall of the Angels' or 'Holy Trinity' in Munich; Flemish School; c.1628-9

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.
Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol.II, Cat.529, illus

Labels and date

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) (reworking of drawing by anonymous late 16th-century Italian artist)
God the Father
1628–29

Rubens reworked around 200 drawings by other artists. Here he applied dark wash and white bodycolour to create a sense of volume and strong directional light. Rubens may have reworked drawings to challenge his inventiveness or as inspiration for his paintings. Depictions of God the Father were common in the Catholic art of the Southern Netherlands and Rubens included similar figures in several of his paintings.

Southern Netherlands

Black chalk, squared for transfer; reworked with brown ink and white bodycolour on paper
Bequeathed by the Rev. Alexander Dyce, 1869
Museum no. Dyce.514 []

Materials

Paper; Black chalk; Oil colour

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Heightened; Squaring (transferring technique)

Subjects depicted

Beard; Man

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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