Birth of the Milky Way Print by Rubens

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Size: 45x60 cm / 18x24″

Frame: Black

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The Story Behind the Birth of the Milky Way Print by Rubens

This Birth of the Milky Way print shows the oil on canvas painting by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Completed around 1637, it depicts the origin of the Milky Way according to Greco-Roman myth. In the painting, Hera/Juno spills her breast milk whilst nursing the infant Heracles/Hercules. Zeus/Jupiter can be seen in the background with his eagle and lightning bolts along with a carriage pulled by peacocks which were sacred to Greeks and Romans. Rubens modelled the face of Juno on his own wife Hélène Fourmnet. Originally commissioned by Philip IV of Spain, the original work of this Birth of the Milky Way print is now held at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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Museum-quality archival paper to give an authentic texture and feel

Fade-resistant, durable inks so your print will stay top-notch for decades

High-resolution, detailed images almost as good as the real thing

A variety of sizes and frames to perfectly suit your space

Produced small & local to reduce delivery times & carbon emissions

Sustainable Materials

Our paper:

Non-toxic durable FSC paper sourced from sustainably managed forests. 

Our inks:

Long-lasting archival inks with no optical brighteners used.