Half-length portrait of the philosopher Seneca

Peter Paul Rubens1614/1615

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe, Germany

At the beginning of this "Golden Age" painting, the Dutch painters discovered everyday life as a subject for painting and achieved incomparable heights of portraiture with their keen realism. Singular among the Flemish artists was Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), four of whose works belong to the Kunsthalle collection. One of them is the half-length portrait of the philosopher Seneca which was painted probably around 1614/15.


  • Title: Half-length portrait of the philosopher Seneca
  • Creator: Peter Paul Rubens
  • Creator Nationality: Netherlandish
  • Date Created: 1614/1615
  • Physical Dimensions: 64,8 x 49,7 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Philosopher, History, Philosophy, Antiquity, Seneca
  • Publisher: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (State Art Gallery Karlsruhe)
  • External Link: Half-length portrait of the philosopher Seneca
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Art Movement: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Person: Seneca
  • Depicted Topic: Philosopher, History, Philosophy

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