King David Playing the Harp, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Boeckhorst
Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Boeckhorst
King David Playing the Harp
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Peter Paul Rubens
Jan Boeckhorst

King David Playing the Harp, ca. 1616 (ca. 1646 – 1650)


Originaltafel
61.5 x 48.2 x min. 0.4 cm
maximum depth
0.6 cm
Originaltafel mit Ergänzung
84.0 x 68.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak (original panel enlarged at bottom and left)
Inventory Number
1043
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

After his return from Italy in 1608, Rubens became the most prominent artist in Antwerp. To enable his workshop to cope with the many commissions he received, he produced studies of heads which his assistants could incorporate into a whole variety of pictorial contexts. One such head, intended only for use by the workshop, was the point of departure for this painting. With sections added at the bottom and on the left by Jan Boeckhorst after Rubens’s death, the unsalable study of the head of an old man became a marketable painting of David playing his harp.

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Basic Information

Title
King David Playing the Harp
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak (original panel enlarged at bottom and left)
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867

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Motifs and References

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Primary
  • 11I62(DAVID)32 David as musician, usually playing the harp
  • 31D16(+31) old man (+ left side visible; left - (l. hand, l. foot, etc.))
  • 31A243 head bent backwards
Secondary

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02.12.2020