Daniel in the Lion’s Den (c. 1615) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daniel in the Lion's Den - Rubens, Peter Paul - c

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TitleDaniel in the Lion's Den
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions224.3 x 330.4 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About Daniel in the Lion's Den

The 1615 painting of Daniel in the Lion’s Den by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens is an impressive work of art. The subject of this masterpiece is inspired by the biblical story of Daniel 6: 1-28. Rubens created the painting as part of an exchange between him and Sir Dudley Carelton. He brought in a large lion, modelled on a Moroccan subspecies, to make the lions look intimidating. This eye-catching painting captures an iconic biblical scene in vivid detail, making it an incredible work of art that continues to compel audiences.

Striking and commanding attention, Rubens’s painting is mesmerizing in its scale and detail. Symbolism imbues every aspect of the painting – from the strong lines dividing light and dark to the golden hue that adds life to every object within it. In The Lion’s Den is one of Rubens’ most famous works, and its grandeur continues to draw viewers from around the world with its awe inspiring detail and subtle symbolism.

In The Lion’s Den by Peter Paul Rubens captures a powerful storyline in vivid detail, making it unlike any other painting before or since. Not only does this piece epitomize timelessness, but its masterful use of color, texture and symbolism continue to mesmerize audiences centuries later.

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