Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship

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Truly collaborative paintings, that is, not simply mechanical but also conceptual co-productions, are rare in the history of art. This gorgeously illustrated catalogue explores just such an extraordinary partnership between Antwerp's most eminent painters of the early seventeenth century, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625). Rubens and Brueghel executed approximately twenty-five works together between around 1597 and Brueghel's death in 1625. Highly prized and sought after by ...
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Truly collaborative paintings, that is, not simply mechanical but also conceptual co-productions, are rare in the history of art. This gorgeously illustrated catalogue explores just such an extraordinary partnership between Antwerp's most eminent painters of the early seventeenth century, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625). Rubens and Brueghel executed approximately twenty-five works together between around 1597 and Brueghel's death in 1625. Highly prized and sought after by collectors throughout Europe, the collaborative works of Rubens and Brueghel were distinguished by an extremely high level of quality, further enhanced by the status of the artists themselves.
Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Getty Museum to be held July 5 to September 24, 2006, the catalogue features twenty-six color plates of such Rubens/Brueghel paintings as The Return from War, The Feast of AcheloĆ¼s, and Madonna and Child in a Garland of Flowers, along with Rubens and Brueghel's collaborations with important contemporaries such as Frans Snyders and Hendrick van Balen. This is the first such publication to fully address and reproduce these works in depth.
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The catalog for a recent collaborative exhibition between the Getty Museum and the Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, the Netherlands, this work examines the close friendship and partnership of two of Antwerp's most famous 17th-century painters, Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. The two were truly collaborators in both the conception and the execution of numerous works, a rarity in art history. The introductory essay by Woollett (associate curator, paintings, Getty Museum) explores the personalities behind the working relationship and gives a very human face to these two towering figures. The catalog is well detailed, and the excellent illustrations (75 color, 115 b&w) include some of this pair's most important works (e.g., The Return from War), along with a small selection of those done with other contemporaries, such as Frans Snyders and Hendrick van Balen. The final section, which considers techniques and practices, allows the reader to see the varying stages of the works, including preliminary drawings and the changes along the way. A fine example of cooperation by both artists and institutions, this exhilarating work is highly recommended for all art libraries and large academic collections.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Anne Woollett is associate curator of paintings at the Getty Museum.

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Table of Contents

Two celebrated painters : the collaborative ventures of Rubens and Brueghel, ca. 1598-1652 1
Catalogue 43
Brueghel and Rubens at work : technique and the practice of collaboration 215
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