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Creator:
Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640, Flemish
Title:

Peace Embracing Plenty

Date:
between 1633 and 1634
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 24 3/4 × 18 1/2 inches (62.9 × 47 cm) and Frame: 35 × 28 5/8 inches (88.9 × 72.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.70
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abundance | allegory | arch | banquet hall | columns | cornice | cornucopia (motif) | costume | fruit | gold | peace | religious and mythological subject
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:417
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The Flemish-born Peter Paul Rubens was a classical scholar and diplomat, in addition to being a painter. Following a mission to London on behalf of the king of Spain in 1630, he was commissioned by Charles I to decorate the ceiling of the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace with a scheme celebrating the reign of Charles’s father, James I. This is a preparatory modello, or sketch, that Rubens made to guide the assistants in his busy Antwerp studio. The two female figures represent a smaller section of a larger central panel. Peace, draped in gold, moves to embrace Plenty, who is clad in pink and carrying a cornucopia, a symbol of abundance. Behind them looms an architectural caprice with a niche surrounded by four Solomonic columns. Traditionally associated with the First Temple of Jerusalem built by King Solomon, the columns are attributes of a wise and prosperous reign.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Rubens painter of Sketches (Museo del Prado, 2018-04-09 - 2018-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Yale University Art Gallery 2015-2016 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-02-01 - 2016-01-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Rubens et l'Europe (Musee du Louvre-Lens, 2013-05-22 - 2013-09-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (Cincinnati Art Museum, 2005-05-24 - 2005-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (Berkeley Art Museum, 2005-01-26 - 2005-04-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 2004-10-02 - 2005-01-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Rubens & Rembrandt (Yale University Art Gallery, 1998-02-14 - 1998-12-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Crown Pictorial - Art and the British Monarchy (Yale Center for British Art, 1990-12-05 - 1991-02-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 9, 18, 19, no. 48, fig. 10, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Baskett, Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, pp. 30-31, fig. 4, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 288, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +] [YCBA]

Linda Colley, Crown Pictorial : Art and the British Monarchy : Exhibition Labels, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1990, pp. 11-12, no. 30, N8219 K5 C761 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Linda Colley, Crown Pictorial : Art and the British Monarchy, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1990, pp. 28, 29, no. 30, no. 30, N8219 K5 C76 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, A Selective Promenade, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 288, N1 A54 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)] [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 192-193, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Matthew Hargraves, "Yale Center for British Art joins Art UK", ArtUK, 24 June 2019, Available online https://artuk.org/discover/stories/yale-center-for-british-art-joins-art-uk [Website]

Matthew Hargraves, Matthew Hargraves on Peter Paul Rubens's Peace Embracing Plenty, , January 20, 2012, 0 minutes, 20 seconds, http://www.youtube.com/v/dKoHvse6Ud0 [Website]

Friso Lammertse, Rubens: Painter of Sketches, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain, p. 135, cat. 32, ND673.R89 A4 2018 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Gregory Martin, Rubens in London, art and diplomacy , Harvey Miller Publishers, London, 2011, pp. 112-14, fig. 53, NJ18.R82 M372 2011 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 9, 18, 19, no. 48, fig. 10, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Wilmerding, In honor of Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, Essays , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC & Hanover, NH, 1986, p. 265, fig. 6, N7442.2 M455 1986 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 6, N590.2 A82 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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