Artist: Peter Paul Rubens {artistic discreet muscular nude male human figure anatomy drawing}

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens {artistic discreet muscular nude male human figure anatomy drawing}

Christopher bearing the Christ child (outer panel of Descent from the Cross): (1612-14) Painted according to Golden Legend Narrative: SALVATION! shoulders carry, body mortifications, mind devoted and mouth professing/preaching Him; heavily muscled - like ancient Roman Farnese Hercules; Giant: mythical hero in physique + in putting strength at service of mankind; similar to Orazio Bogianni's St.Christopher: striding forward out of picture plane - carrying Christ to the beholder

Christopher bearing the Christ child (outer panel of Descent from the Cross): (1612-14) Painted according to Golden Legend Narrative: SALVATION! shoulders carry, body mortifications, mind devoted and mouth professing/preaching Him; heavily muscled - like ancient Roman Farnese Hercules; Giant: mythical hero in physique + in putting strength at service of mankind; similar to Orazio Bogianni's St.Christopher: striding forward out of picture plane - carrying Christ to the beholder

Peter Paul Rubens ~ Study for Raising of the Cross, 1610

Peter Paul Rubens ~ Study for Raising of the Cross, 1610

Detail of Hand with Handkerchief from Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia by Peter Paul Rubens

Detail of Hand with Handkerchief from Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia by Peter Paul Rubens

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