Sir Peter Paul Rubens is one of the most important painters in European art history. He created 2,500 compositions and approximately 10,000 works of art: paintings, drawings, book illustrations and even tapestries.
Rubens’s compositions reference classical and Christian history. His Baroque style accentuated movement, colour, and sensuality, all of which are found in “The Triumphal Chariot of Kallo.”
While I knew that Rubens was an incredibly versatile artist, I discovered that he was also a renowned diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.
Rubens is known for such works as “The Descent from the Cross,” “Wolf and Fox Hunt” and “The Garden of Love.” It seems that “The Triumphal Chariot of Kallo” is less known.
Who was Kallo? I have no idea.
When I viewed the painting on Wednesday with all its pomp and circumstance, I felt certain that a simply internet search would present the answer. Alas, the search continues. If anyone has any information on Kallo and why he was on a Triumphal Chariot, I would be most grateful.