Early Rubens: A Master Comes Home
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First Wednesday Art Talk: focusing on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was both a prodigious artist and one of the most extraordinary figures of the seventeenth century.
Renowned for his virtuosic handling of oil paint, his depictions of taut dramatic action, and his sensuous coloring, Rubens was also an international diplomat, a shrewd businessman, a well-read intellectual, a friend to scholars and monarchs, and the master of a prolific workshop.
His early biographers regularly present Rubens as an aristocrat-artist, the favorite of Europe’s noble class, but this was far from an assured outcome.
This slide lecture will focus on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620, as presented in the current exhibit Early Rubens at the Legion of Honor Museum.
Rubens rose to the first rank of Flemish painting through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.
FAMSF Docent Speaker: Rita Dunlay
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