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Description of the painting by Peter Rubens “The Battle of the Amazons”


The painting was painted by Rubens in 1618.

Who are the Amazons? This is a tribe of women who are known to us from the mythology of antiquity. They constantly hunted and fought. Their main armaments were - spear, ax and bow, as well as a shield. Most often, the Amazons were depicted on horseback.

If the artist wants to reproduce the movement, the battle is the most advantageous for him. In the picture of Rubens, we see the battle of the Amazons, which is in full swing. How does the artist manage to convey the swiftness of movements? He tries to maximize the impact on the imagination of the audience.

Before Rubens, women were often portrayed as weak and completely defenseless creatures. If they appeared before us in the heat of battle, they did not cease to remain women, and the whole battle went on as if for fun.

The most representative genre of painting is battle. It was in battle that the artist could express himself fully. In battle, human emotions reached their limit. Figures of fighting people can be depicted in a variety of poses. Why is the battle so attractive? She is dynamic, filled with unstoppable energy.

Canvas Rubens depicts the Amazons in the heat of battle. Why did these ancient warriors so attract artists? They were very unusual and beautiful at the same time. Many images of antiquity were dedicated to the battle of the Amazons with the Greeks. But basically it was shown how the Greeks pressed these warriors. The most obvious was that, nevertheless, this struggle was on an equal footing.

Rubens depicted this battle in a completely different way. On his canvas we do not see the battle of equals. It rather resembles a real massacre. The traditional battle plot has a new impetus. The representations of Rubens by a woman, even if they are armed with swords, remain quite vulnerable. They are victims of war and are completely defenseless.





Painting by Petrov Vodkin

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