June 20 — 25, 2020
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
After Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Westminster Galleries, London, UK according to family records;
Family Collection, Ottawa;
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto
The original larger oil on canvas by Rubens, measuring 78.3" x 112 1/2", is held in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
In early inventories it was called "Rubens' Family" as Rubens set the scene in the mannerist portico of his own house in Antwerp. It is an allegory and exaltation of conjugal love and bliss depicting a court feast with cupids carrying symbols of love.
The original work was listed for the first time in 1666, when it hung in the King's bedroom at Madrid's Alcázar Palace.