Skip to main content
A Roman Triumph
Peter Paul Rubens

The design derives in part from Andrea Mantegna's 'Triumph of Julius Caesar' (London, Hampton Court, Royal Collection), which Rubens would have known in Mantua as a young man, and also from woodcuts. The right-hand section of the work originally corresponded with number five of Mantegna's series. Rubens, having gradually extended the design to the left, then reworked the painting, outdoing his source.

The figure group includes (from left to right): maidens who could serve at sacred rites; animals for sacrifice; trumpeters and pipe players; slaughterers; in the centre dressed in red, a 'pontifex' (priest), with above him a soothsayer; and elephants bearing fruit and incense burners.

Key facts
Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Artist dates 1577 - 1640
Full title A Roman Triumph
Date made about 1630
Medium and support Oil on canvas stuck down on oak
Dimensions 86.8 x 163.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1856
Inventory number NG278
Location in Gallery Room 18
Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download an 800px wide, 72dpi copy of this image.

License this image

License and download a high resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Yes, I'd like to donate
Or
Download low resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo