Description of the painting by Peter Rubens “Union of land and water”

Description of the painting by Peter Rubens “Union of land and water”

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Before us is a beautiful canvas by Rubens, on which, as we see, the Union of Earth and Water is captured. But it’s worth more specific to deal with this issue and put everything in its place, since Rubens was far from an abstract artist, but a more symbolist, and everyone, even if at first glance a careless brushstroke, could mean a lot.

Before us on the canvas, a pretty bright girl, stands naked, leaning on a jug of water from which water flows. On her face, there was a certain indifference, or even, most likely, indifference. Most likely this was caused by a far from young, but very impressive middle-aged man who stands with his back to us, but with the profile of his face, we can understand that he expects some kind of response from this girl.

The carelessness and serenity of the girl is emphasized by the Goddess Victoria, who is above this girl, holding a wreath in her hands. A little lower in the picture is a triton, which, to put it mildly, does not quite fit into the general concept of the picture, but is pretty common in the Baroque era. He blows into the sink, and his whole image is rather vile and unpleasant.

In the lower left corner of the picture we see two young children who splash in this water and are also characteristic when painting in the Renaissance.

In addition to all this, there is such a hypothesis that these two children, in fact, are none other than the children of Rubens. At that time, when this picture was painted, the girl was about 7 years old, and the boy was about 4 years old.

Everything seems interesting and transparent, but there remains one nuance that the artist symbolizes in the form of a tiger. But it is not known why this is an animal, and not some other. But again, Rubens, this is one of those artists who does nothing for nothing. Everything in the picture has its own meaning, just some is inaccessible to understanding.

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Watch the video: Rubens The Raising of the Cross: with Conservator Sandra Webster-Cook (February 2023).