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Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640, Achilles Slays Hector, c.1630/35
This bold pocket square displays the famous story of Achilles defeating Hector. Achilles, desperate to revenge his best friend Patrocles, receives weapons from the fire god Vulcan, and subsequently throws himself into battle with Hector.
With the help of the goddess Minerva, he manages to beat him, as can be seen in this beautiful painting by Rubens, the sixth in a series of eight, in which he illustrated the life of Achilles. On the left and right are statues of Hercules and Mars. Hercules was the first to plunder Troy and Mars was the protector of Troy, but is seen here to turn his face from it.
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Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640) was a remarkable character, not only being a successful painter of European renown but he also played an important diplomatic role in 17th century European politics. In his painting he was a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour and sensuality and is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes and paintings of mythological subjects.
As a famous painter he was often commissioned by European royalty and when a 12 year truce between the Dutch and the Spanish broke down in 1621 Rubens was called to the courts of England and France as they decided who to ally themselves with. As painters had reason to travel to foreign courts, he was well placed to carry out secret negotiations without his presence arising suspicion. For his efforts the Archduchess Isabella made him ‘gentleman of the household’ in 1627. He then returned to being a prolific painter, producing over 80 paintings in the 1630's for King Phillip of Spain alone. See more information about the artist on his Wikipedia page Peter Paul Rubens.
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