Die Amazonenschlacht
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Die Amazonenschlacht,

um 1618
Material / Technology / Carrier
Holz
Dimensions of the object
120,3 x 165,3 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VIII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
324
Acquisition
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf (Inv. Düsseldorf 1806, Nr. 989)
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Die Amazonenschlacht, um 1618, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/2mxqZgML8b (Last updated on 19.08.2022)
Two planes were created through the motif of the bridge on which the battle takes place. There, the opponents are clashing at the crest of the arch.The vanquished Amazons come crashing down to the right in a whirling movement; more Greeks are pushing their way forward from the left. They are the ones who will be victorious. The tension-filled subject corresponds to the swift, fluid painterly style: Using powerful brushstrokes Rubens captured the spray of water from the river, the flowing horses’ manes, and the strength in the warriors’ movements as they prepare to strike.

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