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The rape of the daughters of Leucippus

Painting, 1618, 224×210.5 cm

Description of the artwork «The rape of the daughters of Leucippus»

The brothers castor and Pollux, sons of Leda and Zeus, became famous and gave the name to the constellation Gemini is not for the action, which depicts Rubens. Their main virtue that led rather dubious characters in history – real brotherly love and dedication.

Here at Rubens, they have no idea about those tests in which they will have each other to support and pull from the other world, while they think only about one thing – revenge. Castor and Pollux steal the brides of their cousins right from the wedding, not because girls like them, and because she quarreled with the brothers. It's then the twins will have to answer for their meanness: the one dies, the second immortal, will share his immortality with his brother - and both half-immortal, will live on mount Olympus, in Hades, through the day.

Rubens – Baroque painter, he brotherly love is not interesting because it won't build a passionate, swirling in a circle of rapid composition, it an interesting battle and confrontation. Also, it will build its scenes of hunting and battle exotic animals, all those tigers and lions, which will be admired by the romantics (1, 2, 3). After 200 years Eugene Delacroix go on a journey through Belgium, England and Germany to see how much of Rubens. And spin emanating from the hands of the Pollux, we meet the Phoebes will be his favorite female body he will repeat the same inhuman turn tender body "Death Of Sardanapalus". One of the slaves of the king would escape from the hands of the servants the same violent gesture and with the same desperate terror.

Rubens wrote quickly and widely, chose a huge canvas – just as the monumentality of his figures (the wise, noble old people, powerful muscular men, with tanned skin, rounded, floating women) received the desired scale. Allegorical, mythical creatures, heroes of old legends, historical characters, the ubiquitous putti – "the language of the ancient so deeply in his system of artistic thinking that he could "talk" to him without the slightest Flemish accent".

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Mythological scene

Style of art: Baroque

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1618

Size: 224×210.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 34 selections

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