Die Niederlage Sanheribs
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Die Niederlage Sanheribs,

um 1617
Material / Technology / Carrier
Eichenholz
Dimensions of the object
97,7 x 122,7 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VIII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
326
Acquisition
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Die Niederlage Sanheribs, um 1617, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/2mxqZgyL8b (Last updated on 19.08.2022)
The Old Testament tells of how King Sennacherib of Assyria besieged the city of Jerusalem in 701 BC when suddenly an angel was sent by God. Rubens conveys this dramatic climax through the painting’s compact composition and a differentiated use of light. It highlights the dead already lying on the ground, those fleeing on the far right of the picture, and in particular Sennacherib himself and his horrified facial features. The magnificent rearing grey horse was based on a work by Leonardo da Vinci.

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