Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): The Drawings
This exhibition is the first ever devoted solely to Peter Paul Rubens as a draftsman. It spans the artist's entire career and includes examples of all the mediums he used for drawing. On view are more than one hundred of his finest and most representative studies from public and private collections in Europe, Russia, and the United States. More than thirty drawings from the world-renowned holdings of the Albertina, Vienna, form the core of the exhibition.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was the most versatile and influential Baroque artist in northern Europe in the seventeenth century. Highly gifted and internationally oriented, the Flemish artist received commissions from almost all of Europe's major courts. His art blends the High Renaissance of Italy, with which he was familiar from an eight-year stay on the Italian peninsula, with northern realism. Having a phenomenal knowledge of classical antiquity—its art as well as its literature—he was the prototype of the pictor doctus, the intellectual artist.