Peter Paul Rubens: The Life of Achilles

Peter Paul Rubens: The Life of Achilles

by Peter Paul Rubens
     
 
With his many facets, his virtuosity and his prodigious output, Peter Paul Rubens is one of the giants in the history of art. Peter Paul Rubens: The Life of Achilles sheds light on a relatively unfamiliar aspect of Rubens' enormous body of work, a series of tapestries featuring the Greek hero Achilles. Circa 1630-1635, Rubens painted the designs for these

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With his many facets, his virtuosity and his prodigious output, Peter Paul Rubens is one of the giants in the history of art. Peter Paul Rubens: The Life of Achilles sheds light on a relatively unfamiliar aspect of Rubens' enormous body of work, a series of tapestries featuring the Greek hero Achilles. Circa 1630-1635, Rubens painted the designs for these remarkable tapestries, depicting eight decisive moments in the life of Achilles. First, he made eight small sketches in oil, some of the finest of his oeuvre. Then the artist and his studio produced large modelli, painted in oil on panels, that further refined his sketches. The exquisite sketches and modelli led finally to magnifications in full-scale cartoons, which were placed under the loom for the tapestry weavers to work from. For the first time, this volume brings together the multiple works that make up the Achilles series, scattered as they are among various public and private collections throughout the world. Here the process from sketch to tapestry is followed in magnificent color illustrations. Accompanying texts consider the genesis, history and iconography of the series.

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Library Journal
Rubens was commissioned on four separate occasions to design tapestries, and though they remain among his least familiar works, he was meticulous in subject, composition, and the final placement of the pieces-no simple matter. This work serves as the exhibition catalog for a collaborative effort between the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, which focused on an eight-piece series of tapestries depicting the life of Achilles. For these tapestries, Rubens pulled from his love of Greek classics to create a beautiful collection of sketches, cartoons, and final designs. Lammertse (curator, Boijmans Van Beuningen) and Vergara (chief curator, Prado) detail the development of the series in minute detail. Fantastic historical research and technology strip away the film of years, clearly showing techniques and changes in the art. Focusing on a more obscure aspect of Rubens's work, this is a worthy contribution to the study of an Old Master. For all academic libraries or larger art collections.-Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789056623272
Publisher:
nai010 publishers/Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen/Museo Nacional del Prado
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.74(h) x 0.83(d)

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