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Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): The Drawings

January 15–April 3, 2005

Late Drawings

Rubens's late compositional drawings were made either with a bold, rather heavy quill pen or with very loose black and red chalk, at times accented with pen and dark brown ink. They are much less detailed than the early examples, focusing just on the principal outlines. In some instances, Rubens prepared a composition with a brush and colors, either gouache or watercolor, much like his oil sketches on panel.