Raub der Töchter des Leukippos
Peter Paul Rubens mit Jan Wildens (1577-1640)

Raub der Töchter des Leukippos,

um 1618
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
224 x 210,5 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
321
Acquisition
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubensmit Jan Wildens, Raub der Töchter des Leukippos, um 1618, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/5RGQJo84z3 (Last updated on 11.01.2022)
The abduction of the king’s daughters came to a tragic end when Castor und Pollux were killed during the pursuit. Although twins, they were the offspring of two different fathers. Castor was the son of Tyndareus, the King of Sparta, and therefore mortal; this was not the case with Pollux, the son of Jupiter. When Pollux asked not to be separated from his brother, both were transformed into celestial bodies. Through the complex composition that suggests a number of different views and the sensual rendering of textures Rubens demonstrates the superiority of painting over sculpture.

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