Docent Lecture: "Early Rubens," by Rita Dunlay
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Peter Paul Rubens, "Daniel in the Lions’ Den," ca. 1614/1616. Oil on canvas, 88 1/4 x 130 1/8 in. (224.2 x 330.5 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1965.13.1 Courtesy the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
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. Early Rubens will focus 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 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.
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