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Study of a Young Man's Head, c. 1612-1615

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577 - 1640
black chalk heightened with white chalk on buff laid paper
31.3 x 28 cm
Purchased 1953
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6159)

This study is preparatory for a painting recently donated to the Princeton Art Museum, of Cupid supplicating before Jupiter, based on the "Metamorphoses" of Apuleius. The drawing contains the head of Cupid and his right arm grasping Jupiter's thunderbolt, while Jupiter's hand appears in the lower corner. The composition and style of the painting are indebted to the "Farnesina Loggia" by Raphael in Rome.


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