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The Death of Hippolytus, painting made by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Hippolytus had rejected his step-mother Phaedra’s advances. In anger at his rejection she prayed to Neptune for revenge and he sent a sea monster to kill Hippolytus as he drove his chariot along the beach. 
Rubens painted this in oil on copper shortly after his return to Antwerp from Italy, around 1611. Full of intense action and drama, the painting shows the influence of several artists on Rubens: the horses are inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s cartoon for the Battle of Anghiari and the figure of Hippolytus is based on Michaelangelo’s drawing of Tityus, in the Royal Collection.