Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Peter Paul Rubens
Charity Enlightening the World, ca. 1627-28
Oil on panel, 36.8 x 29.4 cm
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Museum Purchase, acc. no. AC 1961.142


Catalog Entry by Peter C. Sutton

Wearing a red bodice that exposes one breast and a gray skirt, Charity is seated with three small children. One lies in her lap, another in blue drapery clings to her thigh, while the third is led by Charity's guiding hand toward a sphere that she illuminates with a torch...


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