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Meeting of King Ferdinand of Hungary and the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain at Nördlingen

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Meeting of King Ferdinand of Hungary and the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain at Nördlingen


Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 - 1640)






Oil on panel

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49.1 × 69.8 cm (19 5/16 × 27 1/2 in.)

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Separated into two zones with allegorical figures in the foreground and historical figures in the background, Peter Paul Rubens here commemorated the meeting of King Ferdinand III of Hungary and the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand at Nördlingen on the Danube River on September 2, 1634. Four days later, the two Catholic rulers would combine their armies to win an important victory over Protestant forces. At the upper right, the Cardinal-Infante solemnly greets his cousin Ferdinand.

Rubens made this freely drawn oil sketch as a modello for the right panel of the great Stage of Welcome, a monumental canvas that decorated a triumphal arch erected for the ceremonial entry into Antwerp of the newly appointed governor of the southern Netherlands, the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain.

In the foreground, allegorical figures comment on the significance of the event. At the left a naiad or water nymph rests her arm on the personification of the River Danube, who sits on a urn flowing with blood and water while extending his left arm in a gesture of welcome. Kneeling at the right, the figure of Germania, dressed in black, rests her head on her hand. She gazes mournfully at the viewer while a winged genius draws her attention to the meeting behind her.


Private Collection (or Private Dealer) (London, England)
Source: A Descriptive Catalogue of a Collection of Pictures ... belonging to Sir Abraham Hume, 1824, no. 96.

by 1823 - 1838

Sir Abraham Hume, second Bart., 1749 - 1838 (London, England; Wormley Bury, Hertford, England), by inheritance to his son-in-law, John Hume Egerton, 1838.
Source: British Institution exhibition (1823) as Hume Collection.

1838 - 1851

John Hume Egerton, second viscount of Alford, 1812 - 1851 (Belton House, Lincoln, England; Ashridge Park, Hertford, England), by inheritance to his son, John William Spencer Egerton-Cust, 1851.

1851 - 1867

John William Spencer Egerton-Cust, second earl Brownlow, 1842 - 1867 (Belton House, Lincoln, England; Ashridge Park, Hertford, England), by inheritance to his brother, Adelbert Wellington Brownlow, 1867.

1867 - 1923

Adelbert Wellington Brownlow-Cust, third earl Brownlow, 1844 - 1921 (Belton House, Lincoln, England; Ashridge Park, Hertford, England) [sold, Brownlow sale, Christie's, London, May 4, 1923, lot 122, to H.M. Clark and Colnaghi.]

1923 - 1924

H. M. Clark (London, England) and Colnaghi (London, England), sold, 1924.
Source: GRI, Colnaghi Records, Old Master Paintings Stock, no. A1153.

- 1932

Martin Sternberg [sold, Sternberg sale, Muller, Amsterdam, October 25, 1932, lot 513.]

by 1937 -

Siegfried Kramarsky (Amsterdam, The Netherlands; New York, New York), by inheritance to his daughter, Sonja Binkhorst-Kramarsky.

by 1953 - 1987

Dr. Sonja Binkhorst (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.
Source: Exhibition Rotterdam (1953).

Pictures by Sir Joshua Reynolds, with a Selection from the Italian, Spanish, Flemish, and Dutch Schools..., (1823)
  • British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom (London), 1823
Rubenstentoonstelling (1933) (ill.)
  • Goudstikker Gallery (Amsterdam), 1933
Esquisses de Rubens (1937)
  • Unknown, 1937
Meesterwerken uit vier eeuwen 1400 - 1800 (June 25 to October 15, 1938)
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), June 25 to October 15, 1938
Peter Paul Rubens (1942)
  • Schaeffer and Brandt, Inc. (New York), 1942
A Loan Exhibition of Rubens (February 20 to March 31, 1951) (Ill.)
  • Wildenstein & Co. (New York), February 1 to March 1, 1951
Olieverfschetsen van Rubens (July 1, 1953 to December 1, 1954) (ill.)
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), July 1, 1953 to December 1, 1954
Man and His Years (October 1 to November 1, 1954) (ill.)
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), October 1 to November 1, 1954
Drawings and Oil Sketches by P.P. Rubens from American Collections (1956) (ill.)
  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge), 1956
Masters of the Loaded Brush (April 4 to April 29, 1967) (ill.)
  • Knoedler & Company (New York), April 4 to April 29, 1967
Gods and Heroes (1968 to 1969) (ill.)
  • Wildenstein & Co. (New York), 1968 to 1969
Rubenism (1975) (pp. 40 - 41, ill.)
  • David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University (Providence), 1975
Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist (March 25, 2014 to May 10, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015

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