The Age of Rubens

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Artist, diplomat, entrepreneur and impresario, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was one of the most dynamic personalities of the Baroque era. This book presents a fresh examination of the work of this great Flemish painter in the context of his studio, his colleagues and the culture in which he lived.
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Artist, diplomat, entrepreneur and impresario, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was one of the most dynamic personalities of the Baroque era. This book presents a fresh examination of the work of this great Flemish painter in the context of his studio, his colleagues and the culture in which he lived.
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Rubens's time is remarkable for its tremendous artistic achievements and lush, grand style. In fact, it was such a prolific age that the atelier system employed hundreds of artists who would work for masters in the production of artworks in a near-assembly line manner. Whether or not this system diminishes the value of the art is a question at the forefront of this examination of 17th-century Flemish art, which is also the catalogue for an exhibit organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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Despite many recent obituaries, the ``blockbuster'' art show is alive and well, as evidenced by this massive exhibit of Northern Baroque painting organized by Boston's Museum of Fine Art. Much more than a mere exhibition catalog, this book contains well-written, detailed biographies of Peter Paul Rubens and his followers Anthony van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. A lengthy section of critical essays by various scholars examines Flemish painting from several angles. Sutton unabashedly offers a critique of the atelier system--the dominant mode of art production in 17th-century Europe--in which studio apprentices performed much of the actual painting over designs executed by the master. Because this arrangement is an affront to our modern idolization of the individualist artist, it's a topic avoided in most art histories. The catalog section of the book is a masterpiece of scholarly writing, thoroughly analyzing each painting's history and exuberantly baroque content. As a comprehensive portrait of an era, Sutton's book is an excellent companion piece to Christopher White's 1987 monograph Peter Paul Ru bens . An excellent study recommended for all libraries.-- Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810919358
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/13/1993
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 13.26 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Directors' Preface 6
Lenders to the Exhibition 7
Author's Acknowledgments 8
Curator's Preface 9
Introduction
Painting in the Age of Rubens 12
The Spanish Netherlands in the Age of Rubens 106
Essays
Painting and the Counter Reformation in the Age of Rubens 131
Rubens and Antiquity 146
Rubens's Atelier and History Painting in Flanders: a Review of the Evidence 158
Flemish Genre Painting: Low Life - High Life - Daily Life 171
The Art of "Conversatie": Genre Portraiture in the Southern Netherlands in the Seventeenth Century 182
Private Collections in the Spanish Netherlands: Ownership and Display of Paintings in Domestic Interiors 194
Catalogue of the Exhibition: The Age of Rubens 207
Precursors of Rubens 208
Peter Paul Rubens 220
Anthony van Dyck 321
Jacob Jordaens 345
History Painting 359
Portraiture 375
Genre Painting 402
Architectural Painting 444
Landscape and Seascape 450
Flower Still Life 499
Still Life 526
Animal Painting and Hunt Scenes 559
Gallery Painting 576
Fin de Siecle 590
Bibliography 605
Index 626
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    Rubens is here.

    Rubens is here and so are his contemporaries. Wonderful colour plates and fine scholarship making this a book to value and never to part with

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