Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Myth and Majesty: The Humanistic Tradition
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Peter Paul Rubens
Nereid and Triton, ca. 1636
Oil on panel, 14.5 x 14 cm
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, inv. St. 32

Catalog Entry by Marjorie E. Wieseman

With a few swift strokes, Rubens has delineated the powerfully muscled figure of a triton skimming over the waves as he sounds a mighty blast on his conch. The triton's right arm is wrapped around the waist of the plump young woman perched comfortably on his piscine back. Legs crossed, she gazes out unconcernedly, combing the fingers of her left hand through her long hair...

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