Saturday, June 28, 2014

Peter Paul Rubens

Today's birthday guy is one of the giants of 17th century art. Hugely popular, he also served as a diplomat, trying to prevent the lethal wars of that century. In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, King of Spain, and Charles I, King of England.

Rubens's energetic Baroque style blends his northern European sense of realism with the grandeur and monumentality he saw in Italian art. His characteristic free, expressive technique also captured joie de vivre.

June 28, 1577. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 - 30 May 1640), was a German-born Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour, and sensuality. He is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In this image: A visitor looks at the oil painting "L├ęda et le cygne" de 1600 by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens at the Louvre-Lens museum in Lens during the latest exhibition. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN.

Earth and Water

In all of his works—religious paintings, tapestry designs, book illustrations, and other projects—Rubens exhibited extraordinary learning and imagination.

The Three Graces

Venus at the mirror

Rubens' Drawings:

Twenty works at the Getty:

Essay on Ruben's drawings plus link to free download (PDF file): Essay on Ruben's drawings plus link to free pdf file on them: 

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