Friedensallegorie
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Friedensallegorie,

um 1630/32
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
231 x 340 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
343
Acquisition
Aus der Kurfürstlichen Galerie
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Friedensallegorie, um 1630/32, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/Znxw0RvLXg (Last updated on 30.12.2021)
Rubens’s diplomatic missions sought to bring about peace during times of war. As such, his political allegories had a very real background. Here, the subject is the antagonism of war and peace: The god of war, Mars, still rules the right-hand section of the painting, even though—at Minerva’s behest—he is on the point of leaving. The vulnerable nudity of Pax, the personification of peace, contrasts with Mars’s martial armour. Architectural fragments and a burning city symbolise the horrors of war.

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