Andromeda (c. 1638) by Peter Paul Rubens

Andromeda - Peter Paul Rubens - c.1638

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ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
MediumOil on Board
Dimensions189 x 94 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

About Andromeda

The artwork “Andromeda” by Peter Paul Rubens dates approximately from the year 1638. This oil on board painting is a prime example of the Baroque art movement and illustrates a mythological theme. The dimensions of this notable piece are 189 by 94 centimeters. Currently, “Andromeda” is housed at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Germany.

Depicted in the artwork is the figure of Andromeda, a character from Greek mythology. She is shown with a sense of drama and emotion that is characteristic of the Baroque period. Her body is illuminated and positioned against a darker background, a common technique used by Rubens to draw attention to the subject. Andromeda’s pose is one of vulnerability and anticipation, with her arms chained above her head, which is a reference to her being sacrificed to a sea monster. Beside her, a red drapery adds a rich color contrast to her pale skin, while in the upper corner, a cherub-like figure can be seen with a pair of shackles, likely symbolizing her imminent rescue. The dynamic composition, the interplay of light and shadow, and the theatricality of the scene are all hallmarks of Rubens’s artistry and of the Baroque era in general.

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