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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1895,0915.1044

  • Description

    Battle of the Standard; two soldiers struggling on horseback, while another horse attacks from right, three men on the ground fighting to left Black chalk, touched with red, and with grey and brown wash, the sheet cut and made up in various places

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1592-1640
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 415 millimetres
    • Width: 521 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings & Sketches, BMP, 1977
        Inscribed in pen by a later hand, lower right, "P. P. Rubenss". Upper left is an autograph inscription in Italian, now so faint that a few words can be made out: "guarda... Mediana (?)far si che colui... il Colpo si alsi su piedi sopra le staffe... avvicinare gli nemici".
  • Curator's comments

    The 1996-7 Malcolm Exhibition label text: Likie no.78, this drawing was probably made in Italy. Rubens has reworked motifs from Leonardo da Vinci's 'Battle of Anghiari' into an invention of his own. His model may have been a now lost drawing that recorded a stage in the development of Leonardo's composition, which inspired many of Rubens' own hunting and battle scenes. See Hind for comparative work.

    Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings & Sketches, BMP, 1977
    This appears to be an original design by Rubens inspired by Leonardo's 'Battle of Anghiari'. Motifs in this drawing occur again in the drawing of the 'Battle of the Amazons' (1895,0915.1045), such as the horse with the flowing mane, and the rearing horse seen from the front.

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  • Bibliography

    • Corpus Rubenianum XXVI.2.III 167 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1915-31 21 bibliographic details
    • Rowlands 1977 22 bibliographic details
    • JCR 585 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Flemish Atlas XVIIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1977, BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.22 1977 Oct-Dec, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 'Rubens in Italy', no. 28 1996/7 Sept-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, no.79 2002 June-Sep, Edinburgh, N.G. Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art' 2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall, 'Rubens and Italian Art' 2005/6 Oct-Jan, London, National Gallery, 'Rubens: A Master in the Making' 2009/10 Nov-Jan BM, P&D, 'Rubens Drawings' (no cat.)
    2015 May-Aug, Tokyo, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, 'Leonardo Da Vinci and Battle of Anghiari- The Mystery of Tavola Doria'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1895

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1895,0915.1044

Battle of the Standard; two soldiers struggling on horseback, while another horse attacks from r, three men on the ground fighting to l Black chalk, touched with red, and with grey and brown wash, the sheet cut and made up in various places

Battle of the Standard; two soldiers struggling on horseback, while another horse attacks from r, three men on the ground fighting to l Black chalk, touched with red, and with grey and brown wash, the sheet cut and made up in various places

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