The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

May 30, 2016

May 30, 1640

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 to May 30, 1640) the famous Flemish painter, was revered in his own time and ours. His Daniel in the Lions Den was on a canvas so huge, there is a line down the center where two canvases are joined together. Here is a preliminary sketch.

We learned about the possible models for this very realistic portrayal here.

By the 17th century menageries were an historically honored prerogative of the rich. Archduke Albert VII had one in Ghent (now in Belgium). There lived Flandria and Brabantia, two lions whose names have come down in history, and it is possible Rubens used one of them as a model, though there were other lions also.

The finished, huge, canvas, about 12 feet by 9, is dated to 1614 through 1616.

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