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Creator:
Bernard Lens III, 1682–1740, British
after Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640, Flemish
Title:

Victorious Hero Takes Occasion to Conclude Peace

Former Title(s):

Mars Introduced by Minerva to Occasion, Accompanied by Ceres

Date:
1720
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache heightened with gold on vellum
Dimensions:
17 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 52.1 x 3.8 cm), 15 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches (39.4 x 47.6 cm), and 15 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches (38.4 x 47 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated in brush and gold paint, lower right : "B. Lens Fecit. | July: 21: 1720"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1982.6
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | armor | blue | brocade | children | fruit | hero | lion | men | nude | nudes | owl | peace | putti | religious and mythological subject | shield | wings | women
Associated People:
Minerva
Access:
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Link:
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Rubens's influence in Britain endured long after the age of Charles I, as this copy of a Rubens allegory from the eighteenth century shows. Bernard Lens III-the son of Bernard Lens II whose print after Van Dyck is shown nearby-was a miniature painter and copyist of Old Master paintings on vellum. Here Minerva introduces a hero to Occasion in order to conclude peace.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)
Lens's The Victorious Hero Takes Occasion to Conclude Peace is a copy of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, known today only in a workshop version in a museum in Siegen, Germany. Minerva places a lock of the hair of the nude Occasion in the hand of a victorious her, watched by the figures of Ceres and Time. While Rubens seems not to have had a particular hero in mind, Lens's copy may have been intended to foster an association of the Hero with John Churchhill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for whom the copy may well have been made. Lens made copies of other works by Rubens and Van Dyck owned by Marlborough.

Scott Wilcox
Wilcox, Forrester, O'Neil, Sloan. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. pg. 38 cat. no. 26.

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

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [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, p. 27, no. 100, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Henry R. Lew, Smitten by Catherine, Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, Victoria, Audtralia, 2016, pp.51-53, 63, Color Plate fig. 9, NJ18.D1187 L49 2016 (LC) OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 27, no. 100, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Scott Wilcox, Line of beauty : British drawings and watercolors of the eighteenth century, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, pp. 38-39, no. 26, NC228 W53 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Wilmerding, In honor of Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, Essays , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC & Hanover, NH, 1986, pp. 202, 203-211, fig. 1 (p. 202), N7442.2 M455 1986 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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