Der sterbende Seneca

Der sterbende Seneca

More about this artwork
Seneca, having been accused of treason by his own student, the Emperor Nero, was forced to commit suicide. A doctor and friend has cut open Seneca's veins in warm water to speed the flow of blood. A scribe attempts to record the last words of the philosopher: "VIR[TUS]" (virtue). The virtue referred to is stoic composure, which Seneca worthily demonstrated while he died. The somewhat monument-like feeling of the painting harks back to the model that Rubens used: an ancient statue of an African fisherman that was known in the 17th century as the "Dying Seneca", which the artist combined with a portrait bust from his own collection, the "pseudo-Seneca".
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Inventory Number
305
Birth year of the artist
1577
Year the artist deceased
1640
Dimensions of the object
185 x 154,7 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Holz
Genre
Malerei
Department
Flämische Malerei
Origin
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Der sterbende Seneca, um 1612/13, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/wE4KXQExZ5 (Last updated on 19.05.2021)

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