In a painting by Rubens, such as "The Druken Hercules" or "Jupiter and Callisot", is there some message of divinity?This is during the Baroque period of the late 16th and 17th century.

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marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is possible that Rubens did have a message in mind when he painted the portraits.  If you notice in both paintings, there are angels, devils, and mythological figures, which he loved to paint and which are in many of his paintings.

As a reference, I quote the following, "Rubens was a prolific artist. His commissioned works were mostly religious subjects, "history" paintings, which included mythological subjects, and hunt scenes."

It is believed that his fascination for painting voluptuous women stems from his love affair with Anne of Saxony, 2nd wife of William 1 of Orange, between 1568 and 1570.  In fact, the term "Rubenesque" came about because of this painting tendency.  In any case, you will notice greatly detailed, almost lifelife characteristics to all of the figures in his works as he leaned mostly to a naturalistic, realistic style of painting.  I'm certain you will notice the rather risque and scantily dressed condition of some of his subjects!

Suffice it to say, there is much underlying meaning and subtlety to Ruben's works that bears further study and contemplation!