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Head of Juno, study for a painting; head and shoulders turned to right, looking down, wearing a bejewelled headdress. c.1622
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Height: 116 millimetres
Width: 116 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing records an intermediate stage in the preparation of the fourth painting in the Médicis cycle, 'Henry IV receiving the portrait of Marie de Médicis' (KdK 246).
See Martin Eidelberg, 'An album of drawings from Rubens' Studio', Master Drawings, XXXV, 1997, p.250, fig.27. He reconstructs the provenance of the drawing as from an album assembled by Roger de Piles that passed to Pierre Crozat, where the drawings were copied by Watteau and Nicolas Vleughels.
See further the correspondence concerning their provenance raised by C. Hattori in Master Drawings, XXXVI, 1998, pp.320-21. She argues that the drawings owned by Crozat may not necessarily have been from the De Piles album; and that the copies could have been made in 1710 or after Vleughels and Watteau had met in 1712, or after 1714; but in replying to Hattori's letter Eidelberg effectively refutes her proposals, on the basis of a closer reading of the documentary and visual material.
J.Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings and Sketches, BMP, 1977, cat.151:
This drawing records an intermediate stage in the preparation of the fourth painting in the Médicis cycle, 'Henry IV receiving the portrait of Marie de Médicis'. Here Juno is represented somewhat differently than in the finished work, both in the inclination of the head and details of the features. The modello oil-sketch for this subject in Munich makes it clear that the present drawing was done after its execution but before the precise representation of the goddess had been finally settled. The drawings provided by Rubens as models for his assistants to work from in the completion of his paintings are usually larger in scale and closer to the final result than is here the case. The present drawing could, of course, be exceptional in this respect. Its excellent quality makes it likely that it is the work of either Rubens himself or one of his more talented pupils. Of these two possibilities the former seems to us the more likely.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.151
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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