Exhibition: Rape of Deidamia - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

The guest work


2010-04-27 • 2010-09-05

Rape of Deidamia

Room 7

This large-format canvas from the Prado Museum, exhibited with its corresponding preliminary outline from Brussels, formed part of the series of paintings king Felipe IV commissioned Rubens for decorating the Torre de la Parada, a hunting lodge located on the outskirts of Madrid. Inspired by Ovid's Metamorphosis, Rubens depicted one of the most dramatic and violent scenes of the entire series of paintings in this canvas that portrays the moment at which the beautiful Deidamia, also known as Hippodamia, daughter of the king of Argos, is abducted by the centaur Eurito during her wedding banquet with Pirithous, king of the Lapiths.

The Guest Work is an original Bilbao Fine Arts Museum initiative designed to display remarkable works from other museums or collections to enhance their understanding of artists whose works are in the Museum collection or simply to introduce our public to artists not represented here.


Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, Germany 1577 - 1640 Antwerp, Belgium)
Rape of Deidamia, 1636-1638
Oil on canvas, 182 x 290 cm.
Museo del Prado Collection, Madrid