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PETER PAUL RUBENS
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI BEFORE THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST
On the hill of Golgotha St Francis kneels in prayer before the crucified body of Christ. The mysticism of the scene is underscored by the abrupt contrasts in chiaroscuro. The attribution of this painting to Rubens is disputed: its painterly qualities and the overall impression of nervous agitation could equally indicate that it was executed by Anthony van Dyck, who was Rubens's pupil and worked in his studio.
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Peter Paul Rubens
St. Francis of Assisi before the Crucified Christ, 1625
Oil on panel
height 78 cm, width 47 cm
Inv.-No. GE60
Provenance: acquired by Prince Joseph Wenzel von Liechtenstein; presumably identical with a canvas acquainted from the collection Count Fraula in Brussels, that had been in the estate of Jan Baptiste Anthoine in 1691 and his daughter's Barbara in 1695
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Portrait of Jan Vermoelen, 1616
Double Portrait of Albert and Nikolaus Rubens, c. 1626/1627
Decius Mus relating his dream, 1616/1617
The Interpretation of the Victim, 1616/1617
Decius Mus preparing for Death, 1616/1617
The Dismissal of the Lictors, 1616/1617
The Death of Decius Mus, 1616/1617
The Obsequies of Decius Mus, 1616/1617
The Trophy, 1616/1617
The Assumption of the Virgin, c. 1637
The Lamentation, c. 1612
The Discovery of the Infant Erichthonius, c. 1616
Oil sketch of Mars and Rhea Silvia, c. 1616/1617
Venus in Front of the Mirror, 1614/1615
Mars und Rhea Silvia, c. 1616/1617
Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death, 1615/1622
Satyr and Maid with Fruit Basket, 1615
Portrait of Clara Serena Rubens, c. 1616
Henry IV seizes the Opportunity to conclude Piece, 1628
The Victory of Henry IV at Coutras, 1628
The Consecration of Decius Mus, 1616/1617
The Obsequies of Decius Mus
Three Music-Making Angels, on the reverse side of St Joachim, 1615/1620
St. Catherine in the Clouds, 1620/1621
Four Music-Making Angels, on the reverse side of St Anne, 1615/1620
Apollo in the Chariot of the Sun, 1621/1625
The Conversion of St. Paul, 1601/1602
Perseus and Andromeda
The Virgin adorned with flowers, 1609/1610
Psyche taken up into Olympus, 1621
Landscape with Milkmaids and Cows, 1616
Allegory of war, 1628
The Hunt of Meleager and Atalanta, 1628 (?)
The Assumption of the Virgin, modello, 1637
Ganymede, 1611/1612
Diana´s Hunt, 1628
Portrait of a Monk (?)
Adoration of the Magi, 1609/1610
The Visitation, 1611/1612
Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox, 1615
Samson and Delilah, c. 1610
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