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An eagle with wings spread
Pen and brown ink, and brown wash
- Production date
- 1610 (c.)
Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 202 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Preparatory drawing for the 1610-1611 painting 'Prometheus Bound' by Rubens and Snyders in the Museum of Art, Philadelphia, inv.no.50-30-1. Rubens probably invented the composition of the painting and painted the background and Prometheus, while Snyders painted the eagle. A preparatory drawing by Rubens for the figure of Prometheus is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv.no.20.207; see K.A. Schroder and H. Widauer (eds.), 'Peter Paul Rubens', exh.cat. Albertina, Vienna, 2004, cat.no.32.
Literature: A.E. Popham, 'A drawing by Frans Snyders', in The Burlington Magazine 94 (1952), p.237; C. White, 'Peter Paul Rubens', 1987, pp.133-34, fig.149; B. Ducos (ed.)., "L'Europe de Rubens", exh. cat. Musée du Louvre-Lens, Lens, 2013, cat.no. 122.
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings and Sketches, BMP, 1977
This sketch is a preliminary study for the eagle in the painting by Rubens, 'Prometheus bound', in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, painted in the period 1612-18. Sometimes the assistance in the studio was so far devolved that the responsibility for providing a design for an important feature fell on the shoulders of another. In the case of the Philadelphia painting, Frans Snyders not only painted the eagle but drew the present drawing, so characteristic of him in its strident penwork. The figure of Prometheus is here barely indicated by a few strokes of black chalk.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.80
2013 May-Sep, Louvre Lens, 'Rubens et l'Europe'
2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 'The Wrath of the Gods'
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