Battle of the Greeks with Amazons, Peter Paul Rubens – description
- Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
- Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
- Year: 1618
Description of the picture :
The Battle of the Greeks with Amazons – Peter Paul Rubens. 1618. Wood, butter. 121×215; 165.5 cm
One of Rubens’ most dramatic works and the Baroque era as a whole is the painting “The Battle of the Greeks with the Amazon.”.
The plot is based on an ancient Greek legend. The queen of Amazons, wanting to propitiate Artemis, put up her squad of female warriors against the Greeks. They had no equal on the battlefield, and the battle was about to be won if Ayaks and Achiles had not arrived in time for help, the last of which ruthlessly defeated the queen of Amazons, as a result of which the famous detachment was defeated.
Kornelis van der Geest, the patron who was the first to open the talent of the great Rubens, ordered the picture of Rubens.
The canvas depicts a dynamic interweaving of people and animals, a tragic and deadly chaos that the artist ordered into a slender but swift composition resembling an ellipse. The compositional solution for the image of the famous battle mentioned by Herodotus does not cease to delight centuries later.
You can immediately notice a fierce battle, but gradually begin to pay attention to individual elements of the work. The painter skillfully depicted each participant in the battery, masterfully playing in light, color and shadow. Lead heavy clouds only reinforce the mood of horror.