Analysis of the Triumph of Divine Love - Peter Paul Rubens Essay

1084 Words Apr 14th, 2012 5 Pages
The art piece that I selected for my analysis is called The Triumph of Divine Love by Peter Paul Rubens. The artwork is an oil painting on canvas, circa 1625. This piece of art was commission by Isabella Clara Eugenia, Infanta of Spain and Portugal. The Triumph of Divine Love was one of eleven art pieces in a series portraying the Eucharist cycle, an important issue in the Catholic-Protestant strife. Its purpose was to aid in the Catholic Reformation and the artwork was to be displayed at the Convento de las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. (Ringling Museum n.d.)
The scene it portrays shows a woman holding an infant while she stands on a chariot drawn by two lions. Surrounding her in the air and around her feet are sixteen angels or
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the one with the torch is facing away and his features are darker in shadow). The woman and the infant both have expressions of love and joy on their faces, and the infant is curled up to the mother and embracing her. There are also figures at the woman’s feet clutching her arm and looking up at her with adoration who may be her other children because they do not have wings and are directly interacting with her by physical contact, unlike the rest of the child-angels. She stands on a gold chariot-type device guided by two lions and another putti with an arrow in his hand. There is a lot of chiaroscuro shown on the lions as the one closet to the viewer is much lighter in shadowing than the one behind him and light glints off the strands of fur around his mane. Behind the figures there is a horizon showing a body of water, a mountain range, and forest (demonstrating aerial perspective). Everything is either green and fuzzy or grey and fuzzy to show the distance and the blurring as objects do as they are farther away from sight. Ruben’s piece is an example of Baroque art. The scene that he painted is naturalistic, from the figures of the woman and child to the lions and the landscape. The proportions of the people look realistic and non-idealized. They are all in action and moving, not front and center and directly facing the viewer. There is also plenty of emotion shown in the faces of all, mainly love since that is

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