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Peter Paul Rubens

The Four Continents

The Four Continents, Peter Paul Rubens
The Four Continents, zoomed in
209 cmThe Four Continents scale comparison284 cm
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The Four Continents is a Rococo Oil on Canvas Painting created by Peter Paul Rubens from 1612 to 1615. It lives at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna in Vienna. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Allegory. SourceDownload

Peter Paul Rubens’s The Four Continents personifies the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and America as beautiful women, lounging nude with the male personifications of their majoy rivers — the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Río de la Plata. It’s a lush, sexy scene heightened by the surreal presence of wild beasts, upended decor, and putti playing just on the edge of danger.

Sometimes, you love an artwork enough to put it on your wall. Since the Kunsthistoriesches museum has the original, we offer gallery-quality giclée prints of The Four Continents for sale. A little Rococo for your living room. Buy a print.

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Peter Paul Rubens was an artistic genius, but he was also a secret agent. With innate charm and a convenient excuse for international travel, this book tells the story of a Rococo master dodging plots and brokering peace between nations.

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