Artemisia Building the Mausolaeum
  • Artemisia Building the Mausolaeum

    TitleArtemisia Building the Mausolaeum
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 161 x 139 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 150 x 173 x 12 cm
  • DatingMade early 1640s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Simon Vouet, French, born 1590, dead 1649
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 5179
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1954 with contribution from Rapps konsthandel
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    Artemisia was the widow of King Mausollos (d. 352 BCE) and succeeded him as ruler in Caria, in today’s southwestern Turkey. The huge tomb which she built for her husband and herself became known as one of the seven wonders of the world: the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Vouet depicts Artemisia together with the two Greek architects who made the plans for the mausoleum. The Queen is pointing at the part of the plan that is currently being built.