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Some of the largest and magnificent pieces of art in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida were the GIANT paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.  These monumental sized oil paintings were several stories high and maybe 20 feet wide.  The paintings it seems were not the primary piece of art as they were made as “cartoons” or precursors for making tapestries that hung on the wall. There were several Rubens paintings on the walls and one original huge tapestry.

This painting is called “The Triumph of Divine Love” from 1625 and Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist who lived from 1577-1640.  According to the museum this painting celebrates a victory, the defeat of evil in the world by religious or divine love here represented by Charity, who is the foremost of the three ‘theological virtues’ and resembles the Virgin Mary.

I like the way Rubens draws people as amply sized and realistic and the stylized lions with huge eyes and a rather odd shape.

For more on this famous painting see the link: Peter Paul Rubens

ISO 1600, F/4.5 1/45 sec, 32 mm Lens

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