Religious paintings (1617-20)
by Pieter Pauwel RUBENS

From about 1615 onwards more emotion returned to Rubens's painting, and the relief-like style was replaced by a strong spatial treatment and diagonal compositions. Beside the secular paintings (mythological and hunting scenes) Rubens painted many altarpieces whose dynamic composition also stands out. In these altarpieces the rather severe iconic character of the earlier devotional pieces gradually makes way for a more rhetorical expression, better suited to propaganda.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death
1615-22
Oil on canvas, 182 x 230 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

1400*1114
True Color
140 Kb



The Martyrdom of St Stephen
1616-17
Oil on canvas, 437 x 278 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes

749*1140
True Color
171 Kb



The Last Jjudgment
1617
Oil on canvas, 606 x 460 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

1030*1357
True Color
188 Kb



Small Last Jjudgment
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Oil on wood, 183,3 x 119 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

892*1350
True Color
183 Kb



Descent from the Cross
1616-17
Oil on canvas, 425 x 295 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille

725*1075
True Color
124 Kb



Lamentation of Christ
1617-18
Oil on panel, 138 x 98 cm (central panel), 137 x 48 cm (each side panel)
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

1228*850
True Color
186 Kb



Lamentation (Christ on the Straw)
1617-18
Oil on panel, 138 x 98 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

900*1319
True Color
124 Kb



Descent from the Cross
1617-18
Oil on canvas, 297 x 200 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

836*1253
True Color
93 Kb



Adoration of the Magi
1618-19
Oil on canvas, 245 x 325 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

1037*791
True Color
95 Kb



Miracles of St Ignatius
1615-20
Oil on canvas, 400 x 275 cm
Chiesa del Gesù, Genoa

750*1164
True Color
121 Kb



Christ at Simon the Pharisee
1618-20
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 189 x 285 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1241*931
True Color
129 Kb



The Last Communion of St Francis
1619
Oil on panel, 422 x 226 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

727*954
True Color
115 Kb



Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves
1619-20
Oil on panel, 429 x 311 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

850*1170
True Color
150 Kb



The Fall of the Damned
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 286 x 224 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

764*1000
True Color
144 Kb



Madonna in Floral Wreath
c. 1620
Oil on oak, 185 x 209,8 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

1125*970
True Color
188 Kb



Assumption of the Virgin
c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 458 x 297 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

678*1020
True Color
121 Kb



The Three Crosses
c. 1620
Oil on canvas
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

606*956
True Color
110 Kb




Summary of works by Rubens
Religious themes
until 1616 | 1617-20 | 1620s | 1630s
Altarpieces in Antwerp Cathedral | Biblical scenes
Mythological themes
until 1614 | 1614-29 | 1630s
Large royal projects | Allegorical themes
Portraits
until 1629 | 1630s
Miscellaneous
Landscapes | Hunting and other themes
Graphic works