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Was it a diplomatic gift? Is it even a Rubens? Many questions surround this work; technical analysis can help.
From the setting sun to the ancient tomb, Poussin’s subject is time passing. We sense his longing for a lost past.
The myth is ancient, but these figures couldn’t be closer. Rubens’s virtuoso brushwork and color are on display.
Embracing his own reflection, Narcissus falls in love with himself—and into the water. Good thing it’s just paint!
Don’t strike the messenger! Interrupted at his forge, a horrified Vulcan looks ready to hammer Apollo.
Velázquez lends immediacy and gritty realism to a mythological subject. We are right there, ready to partake.
Aurora’s chariot brings forth a new day, but Reni’s classicism looks back to the art of ancient Greece and Rome.