Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Peter Paul Rubens
Two Figure Studies (Mercury and a Yeoman), ca. 1632-33
Oil on panel, 63.5 x 53 cm (2.5 cm strip added at right)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund 42.179


Catalog Entry by Peter C. Sutton

In the upper left, the figure of Mercury, depicted nude save for billowing blue drapery and a red winged cap, leans forward on his bended left leg to extend his caduceus in his right hand. In the lower right a bearded yeoman in red drapery and bare feet, cradling a mace, sits on a stone...


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