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Peter Paul Rubens, The Coup de Lance

Key facts
Full title The Coup de Lance
Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Artist dates 1577 - 1640
Date made before 1620
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 64.8 × 49.9 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inventory number L1121
Location On loan: Long Loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum (2014 - 2024), Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Image copyright On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Collection Main Collection
The Coup de Lance
Peter Paul Rubens

The soldiers pierced Christ's body to ensure he was dead (John 19: 31-4).

A 'modello' for the high altarpiece for the church of the Récollets, Antwerp, installed in 1620. As this picture differs from the altarpiece in some respects, it may represent the first idea Rubens presented to the authorities who had commissioned the work.

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