Agrippina and Germanicus: Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens: Agrippina and Germanicus

Agrippina and Germanicus is a double portrait of famed ancient Roman general Germanicus and his wife Agrippina, daughter of Augustus the first emperor, painted by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens in 1614. After a celebrated career, Germanicus is said to have been poisoned in Antioch, Greence on the orders of the emperor Tiberius who feared his popularity. There is a tension in Rubens’ painting between the formal composition and the realism of the flesh tones.

Peter Paul Rubens’s Agrippina and Germanicus is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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