Docent Art Talk: "Early Rubens" by Gretchen Turner
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Peter Paul Rubens, "The Massacre of the Innocents," ca. 1610. Oil on panel, 55 7/8 x 72 1/16 in. (142 x 183 cm). The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Photograph by Sean Weaver
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Gaze through gilded frames and into the past, to a world inspired by biblical and mythical tales. Witness these epic stories leap forth from massive paintings, and let yourself be swept away in the drama.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was celebrated for his skillful handling of oil paint; his sensuous coloring; and his taut, action-packed depictions of dramatic narratives. The exhibition Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the highest ranks of European painting. He did so through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his later international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.