Head of Cyrus Brought to Queen Tomyris.
17th c Flemish Baroque Painting
Peter Paul RUBENS
(Siegen. Westphalia. , 28 June 1577 - 30 May 1640, Antwerp. Belgium. )
H:205.1 c. W:361 cm.
Oil on canvas
Boston. Museum of Fine Arts.
"As told by the Greek historian Herodotus, the Massagetai (Saka) queen Tomyris defeated the Persian king Cyrus and had his head bathed in blood in revenge for his role in the death of her son. In this painting, Rubens's sons served as models for the page boys at left."