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The Making of Rubens
     

The Making of Rubens

by Svetlana Alpers
 
This rich and readable study places Rubens's art and life in a modern context. In a provocative discussion of Rubens's bacchic pictures, Svetlana Alpers takes up the relation between making art and national consciousness, the role played by gender in the formation of artistic taste, and the equivocal nature of human creativity.

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This rich and readable study places Rubens's art and life in a modern context. In a provocative discussion of Rubens's bacchic pictures, Svetlana Alpers takes up the relation between making art and national consciousness, the role played by gender in the formation of artistic taste, and the equivocal nature of human creativity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A re-examination of Rubens's work by one of today's leading art historians. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Peter Paul Rubens has always been eminently accessible, an artist at ease with the conventions and traditions of his time, successful and prolific, admired if not revered. In this intense study of two of Rubens's bacchic paintings, "Kermiss" and "Silenus," Alpers (Rembrandt's Enterprise, LJ 6/15/88) examines Rubens's reputation in terms of present-day art history, considering the social, political, and gender implications and the development of national tastes. Alpers successfully discusses how the works, by turns vulgar and opulent, are imbued with a sense of abandon, quite at variance with the image of Rubens as the organized, practical creator and purveyor of art. However, perhaps because this work grew out of an earlier study, Alpers too often suggests an analysis and then backs away from it. While it is interesting to see how Alpers's ideas develop, the ultimate product here is disjointed. Interesting but not essential for large collections.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300060102
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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