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The Fall of Phaeton is a famous ancient Greek myth that tells the story of how Phaeton begged his father, the sun god Apollo, to drive the Sun Chariot. Apollo, reluctant, lets him take charge of the Chariot, and according to his suspicions, Phaeton is neither experienced nor powerful enough to control the vehicle. Rubens' masterpiece records the moment Phaeton loses control over the wagon and is reprimanded by Jupiter that tries to avoid a major catastrophe. As a result of his erratic and unresponsible actions, the sun would be either too close to the earth, scorching everything on its way or too far, freezing the earth and everything on it.
The horizontal scene shows the horses going in several directions, the Chariot being taken apart and turning with Phaeton on it. The wheels are falling off, and Phaeton is falling from it. On the left, we see one of the horses diving and kicking. On top of this horse, it's possible to see the female figure of Horae. She has butterfly wings and looks horrified by the sight of earth bursting into flames.
We don't see Jupiter, the supreme god, but from outside of the composition, he sends a thunderbolt in order to save the earth.
The layout of the painting is horizontal, and the color palette is mostly warm. The painting is bright and colorful, despite the darkness portrayed below the Chariot. Four horses are scattered through the picture. The white horses are falling and struggling against the lack of control of the vehicle. This painting shows how much Rubens studied to represent these animals, as they are beautifully painted in very non-traditional poses.
The carriage is turning, throwing Phaeton. The large mass of bodies, flowy fabrics, and animals create a sensation of movement. The movement starts on the right top corner and tumbles diagonally down towards the left bottom corner of the paintings. Rays of light and changes in the color palette divide the painting, guiding the viewers' eyes through the scene.
This painting shows a greate influence of the Renaissance masters on Rubens' work. The shapes of the bodies and also the chosen colors remind us of the masterpieces of the classical Renaissance masters', like Tintoretto, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.
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