after Peter Paul Rubens, The Conversion of St Paul

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The Conversion of St Paul
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 58 cm, Overall width: 72 cm
after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
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The painting is a copy in reverse of the Conversion of St Paul by Sir Peter Paul Rubens made in the 1620s for Wladyslaw Vasa of Poland (fig. 1). In 1669 it entered the collection of John II Casimir in Paris and remained in France until 1819, when it was purchased by G. Harris of London. It was acquired by the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin in 1903. During the Second World War the painting was removed to an anti-aircraft tower for safety, and was lost, presumably destroyed, in 1945.

The Conversion of St Paul

Figure 1.
Sir Peter Paul Rubens, The Conversion of St Paul, 1620s. Oil on canvas, 261 × 371 cm. Lost (formerly Gemäldegalerie, Berlin).

Digital image courtesy of (Public domain)

The present copy was possibly made after the engraving by Schelte Adams Bolsewert (1586–1659; fig. 2), which in certain versions is also reversed.

The Conversion of St Paul

Figure 2.
Schelte Adams Bolswert after Sir Peter Paul Rubens, The Conversion of St Paul, circa 1630–45. Engraving, 44.9 × 60.3 cm. Rubens House, Amsterdam (RH.P.1026).

Digital image courtesy of Rubens House, Amsterdam. (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

by Martin Postle

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