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Daniel in the Lion's Den

Peter Paul Rubens

Daniel in the Lion's Den

Peter Paul Rubens
  • Date: c.1615
  • Style: Baroque
  • Genre: religious painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 224.3 x 330.4 cm
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Daniel in the Lions' Den is a 1615 painting by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

The subject is from Daniel 6:1-28. Rubens modelled the lions on a Moroccan subspecies, examples of which were then in the Spanish governor's menagerie in Brussels. In 1618 he acquired more than a hundred pieces of classical sculpture, in exchange for this painting, eight others and a sum of money.

Although the painting shows Daniel as a young man, according to the biblical chronology Daniel would have been over eighty years old at the time of the incident depicted.

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