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Daedalus and the Minotaur

  • Daedalus and the Minotaur. Painting. A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    Daedalus and the Minotaur. Painting. A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura







Pedro Pablo Rubens

Cultural background


Original title

Dédalo y el Minotauro
A Coruña Museum of Fine Arts
La Coruña
A Coruña, Galicia

This is a preparatory sketch by Rubens for the pictorial decoration of the Tower of La Parada in Madrid commissioned by King Philip IV.

Daedalus, who is here depicted with his architect’s tools hanging from his belt, was in Greek mythology a skilful craftsman commissioned by Minos the king of Crete to create the labyrinth to contain the Minotaur, a creature which was half man and half bull. As a penalty for its defeat by Minos, Athens was for many years required to pay a tax in the form of delivering numerous young men to be devoured by the monster, until one, the hero Theseus, managed to kill it.

Details of the work

Bequest of Elvira Arévalo Gener


26 x 16.5 cm

Oil on board


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