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Otto van Veen

This painting is attributed to Otto van Veen, Rubens’s most important teacher. Van Veen, who latinised his name to ‘Vaenius’, was a pictor doctus, an erudite humanist artist, with an excellent knowledge of ancient art and culture.

This painting depicts the capture of Rome, which is symbolised by the eponymous goddess who is led out of the city, her hands tied behind her back. The she-wolf that nursed Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome, and his twin brother Remus lies at her feet. A burning city is visible in the background.



  • Otto van Veen (1556 – 1629)
  • The Capture of Rome
  • Oil on canvas
  • Long-term loan, The Phoebus Foundation

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