Hercules as Heroic Virtue Overcoming Discord
This oil sketch is one of many modelli, or preliminary models, for the ceiling of the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall in London. Commissioned by Charles I, a king known for his patronage of the arts, this is the only painted ceiling decoration in England executed in the grand dramatic style of the seventeenth century. This sketch is one of four corner ovals depicting Virtue's triumph over Vice in allegorical form and may refer to Charles I's political ambitions.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Rubens, Peter Paul
Artist Dates: 1577-1640
Period: 17th century
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 63.8 x 48.6 cm
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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