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The Triumph of Rome: The Youthful Emperor Constantine Honouring Rome

Peter Paul Rubensc. 1622 - 1623

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis
Den Haag, Netherlands

The Roman patroness is seated on a throne. At her feet lies a she-wolf suckling twins – the symbol of Rome. The young Emperor Constantine is standing on the right in shining armour.

Rubens made this oil sketch as one of the designs for a series of tapestries about Emperor Constantine, commissioned by the French king Louis XIII. This was the only design not executed in the series.

Details

  • Title: The Triumph of Rome: The Youthful Emperor Constantine Honouring Rome
  • Creator: Rubens, Peter Paul
  • Date Created: c. 1622 - 1623
  • Physical Dimensions: h54 cm x w69 cm
  • Provenance: M. de Calonne, Paris, 1795; John Charles Robinson, 1868; Sir Francis Cook, Doughty House, Richmond; by inheritance to Herbert Cook (1868-1939), Richmond, 1934; acquired by D. Katz Gallery, Dieren, together with 39 other paintings, 1939-1940; H. Posse; Adolf Hitler, Führermuseum, Linz; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit; gift of B. and N. Katz, Dieren and Basel, 1947
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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