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Among Rubens’s many royal commissions was one from King Philip IV of Spain for the decorations for his hunting lodge near Madrid. It involved more than a hundred paintings, sixty of them after Rubens’s own designs. They were ordered in 1636 and completed in 1637. That was only possible because Rubens had a large workshop. But he made the sketches himself. Here are six of them.


Title The Death of Eurydice
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room C
Dimensions (general) Width : Error: 15,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height : 26 cm
Makers Painter: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number St 30
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Age maker About 59 years old
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
External exhibitions Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was abl..