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Object: Le Mariage de Constentin
Series: Galerie du Palais Royal
History of Constantine: the double wedding of Constantine and Fausta and of Constantia and Licinius; the two couples standing on either side of an altar in a classical temple, in front of the statues of Juno and Jupiter; after Peter Paul Rubens. c.1808
Etching and engraving
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- 1808 (c.)
Height: 174 millimetres
Width: 217 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the first plate from a group of twelve engravings executed after Rubens' 'History of Constantine'. They are part of 'Galerie du Palais Royal' (vol.II, 1808), a set published between 1786 and 1808; see 1837,0408.317 for comment on that series.
The History of Constantine is a series of designs executed by Rubens for a set of tapestries depicting the life of Emperor Constantine the Great. A series of oil sketches, modelli and large cartoons were made in order to prepare for the weaving of the tapestries. The oil sketches (but not the cartoons), executed by Rubens around 1622/25, were part of the collection of the Duke of Orléans which is reproduced in the 'Galerie du Palais Royal' series. The BM holds a complete set; some of them in different states.
For another impression of this plate (proof before lettering) see also 1891,0414.1312.
The oil sketch after which this plate was engraved is now in a private collection.
Lit.: J.S. Held, 'The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens. A Critical Catalogue', Princeton University Press, 1980, cat.no. 39.
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