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The Death of Silvia's Stag

Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish (active Italy, Antwerp, and England), 1577 - 1640

Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

c. 1638

Oil on panel

9 1/4 × 20 13/16 inches (23.5 × 52.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 663

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The theme of this sketch (taken from Virgil's Aeneid) and its technique are related to a group of sketches Rubens executed toward the end of his life for paintings intended for the Royal Palace in Madrid. Rubens turned the sketches for this set over to his assistants to complete on a large scale. A painting of this subject now in Gerona, Spain, may be the final picture.