Abduction of the Daughters of Leucippus is an oil painting created by Peter Paul Rubens in 1617. Peter Paul Rubens was a German-born Flemish Baroque painter. Baroque is a style that emphasizes movement, color, and sensuality. His catholic upbringing was influential in his religious references in his art. He was knighted by Philip IV in Spain and by Charles I in England. He was quoted saying, “My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings." He began his art apprenticeship at the early age of fourteen. He studied classic Greek and Rome art and was highly influence by the great Italian artists Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. He began his artistic journey by working under Adam van Noort and Otto van Veen. During his…show more content… Ruben’s work was highly copied and he was able to establish the copyrights for his prints in Holland, England, France, and Spain. At the mature age of fifty-three, he married his young 16 year old niece. This sexual pervasiveness toward young females were reflected in his work. He used his niece as an inspiration for the beautiful female figures in many of his paintings. Five years before his death in 1935, Rubens purchased an estate outside of the Belgian city of Antwerp. He used the surrounding landscape as an influence in his later paintings. After producing 8 children and many great works of art, Rubens passed away in 1640 due to complications of heart stemming from chronic gout.
Abduction of the Daughters of Leucippus by Per Paul Ruben is an oil painting from 1617. Both young girls have elegant fabric encompassing the back of their legs. Other than the fabric, the girls are completely nude. Their skin tone is very light, as if they have not seen much sun. Neither girl is wearing any shoes on their feet. The girl positioned closest to the ground has a golden blonde braid of hair hanging from her head. The Girl on top has beautifully curled hair. She also has a white cloth encompassing the uppermost portion of her arm. There is an arm bracelet around the lower girl’s upper right arm. The men are wearing finely crafted shoes or boots. Their skin is a darker bronze tone as if they