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Object: Fondation de la Ville de Constantinople
Series: Galerie du Palais Royal
History of Constantine: the founding of Constantinople; Emperor Constantine standing at left with his left arm outstretched towards a city and harbour in right distance, while looking at a map of a city which is held by a bearded workman, an architect pointing with a compass at the plan and explaining it to the emperor, architectural fragments scattered in foreground while a stoneworker carves some foliate scrolls on an architrave in lower right, an eagle above; after Peter Paul Rubens; proof before letter. c.1808
Etching and engraving
- Production date
- 1808 (c)
Height: 285 millimetres (cut)
Width: 267 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From 'Galerie du Palais Royal' (vol.II, 1808), a set published between 1786 and 1808; see 1837,0408.317 for comment on that series.
The 'Galerie du Palais Royal' includes twelve plates reproducing Rubens' History of Constantine, of which this is the tenth; see 1855,0609.506.* for comment on Rubens' series.
For lettered state see 1855,0609.515.
This plate was engraved after an oil sketch now in the John Maxwell Macdonald Collection, in Shoreacres.
Lit.: J.S. Held, 'The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens. A Critical Catalogue', Princeton University Press, 1980, cat.no. 49.
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