Two Sleeping Children, by Peter Paul Rubens

Two Sleeping Children, by Dutch Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), was painted between 1612 and 1613 and it portraits the children of Rubens’s older brother, Clara and Philip, now deceased. Rubens later used his nephews’ faces to paint Madonna in a Garland of Flowers and Madonna Adored by Angels. Two Sleeping Children serves as an excellent example of the artist’s unique style, which is very noticeable on the children cheekbones. Radiographic examination revealed that originally the child on the left was actually awake and starring forward.