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Romulus setting up a Trophy

After his victory over the Caeninenses, Romulus set up on the capitol a trophy comprising the arms of the vanquished King Acron (Plutarch, Romulus, XVI, 5-6; Livy, I, X). DPG19 is one of three known modelli by Rubens for a tapestry series of the story of Romulus. There is a related set of tapestry cartoons in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, though these are not generally accepted as Rubens's work. The cartoon corresponding to DPG19 expands the composition to a squarer format and shows the trophy attached to the tree. A tapestry probably made from this cartoon was recorded in 1879, but is now lost. Held suggests a date for DPG19 of c.1625/ 7.

Currently on display

Artist
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Date
c.1625-7
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
51 x 16.8 cm
Materials
Oil on panel
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG019