Religious paintings (1617-20)
by Peter Paul 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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Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death
1615-22
Oil on canvas, 182 x 230 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Adoration of the Magi
1619
Oil on panel, 318 x 276 cm
Sint-Janskerk, Mechelen


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


Miraculous Draught of Fishes
c. 1619
Oil on canvas
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk, Mechelen


Miraculous Draught of Fishes (detail)
c. 1619
Oil on canvas
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk, Mechelen


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


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


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


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


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


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



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 | Architecture



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