The Virgin as the Woman of the Apocalypse  1624

by Peter Paul Rubens

This oil sketch or modello was commissioned by Prince-Bishop Viet Adam for the main altarpiece of Freising Cathedral in southern Germany. In the center the Virgin Mary holds the Christ Child while trampling the serpent of sin, who curls around the moon at her feet. To the left the Archangel Michael and angels cast out Satan, the "great red dragon with seven heads," and oth...
64.5 x 49.8 cm
Oil on panel
Courtesy of The Getty