Mars on his Chariot Pulled by Wolves

Claude Audran the Younger1673

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Mars, god of war, is pulled in his chariot by wolves, animals traditionally associated with him.

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  • Title: Mars on his Chariot Pulled by Wolves
  • Creator: Claude II Audran
  • Date Created: 1673
  • Physical Dimensions: w4500 x h4500 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on backed canvas
  • Style: French painting, 17th century, Mythology
  • Provenance: This central element of the ceiling in the Mars Salon was commissioned in 1672 from the painter Claude II Audran who was not yet a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The complex composition of the painting indicates that he very probably worked from preparatory sketches by Charles Le Brun, whose pupil he was.
  • Original Title: Mars sur son char tiré par des loups