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Drama in the Sky: Rubens's 'Fall of Phaeton'

Arthur Wheelock, Curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, explores the literary and visual sources underlying 'The Fall of Phaeton'

Rubens’s painting of The Fall of Phaeton (about 1604–5; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.) captures the fury and horror of Ovid’s description of Phaeton’s denouement as he was hurled headlong from his chariot by Jupiter’s thunderbolt.

This talk will explore the literary and visual sources that underlie Rubens’s conception of the scene at this early stage of his career. It will also examine the ways in which Rubens transformed the image over a period of years as his compositional and thematic ideas continued to evolve.

Arthur Wheelock is Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.


Mr Arthur Wheelock | talks


Date and Time:

26 October 2005 at 6:30 pm





The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
020 7747 2596

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£5/£3 concessions

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The Phone Room on 0870 990 8453

Additional Information:

Coincides with the National Gallery exhibition, 'Rubens: A Master in the Making', which is open until 9pm on Wednesday evenings

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