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The Making of Rubens
Svetlana Alpers
0300060106
Feb 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A re-examination of Rubens's work by one of today's leading art historians. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From 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,...


Rembrandt's Eyes
Simon Schama
0375709819
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The great 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn left us so many arresting self-portraits, painted at every stage in his eventful life, that his distinctive face and bearing are a familiar part of the 20th-century cultural landscape, a recognizable presence in galleries across Europe and North America. Nonetheless, the artist himself remains an enigma. Rembrandt was a notoriously difficult man and an inveterate risk taker in life and art: his aspirations to a grandiose Amsterdam lifestyle in the heyday of his popularity as a painter of portraits and large-scale historical works bankrupted him, and he died in relative poverty. His personal effects and treasured collection of paintings and natural rarities were sold off and dispersed, leaving the historian with a tantalizingly scant body of fragmentary records around...


Peter Paul Rubens
Richard McLanathan
0810937808
April 1995
Hardcover
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Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings
Anne-Marie Logan
0300104944
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
For the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), drawing was a fundamental activity. Ranging from delightful renderings of children and elegant portraits of noblemen and women to vigorous animal studies and beautiful landscapes, Rubens’s drawings are renowned for their superb quality and variety.
This exquisite book presents—in beautiful full-color reproductions—more than one hundred of the finest and most representative of Rubens’s drawings, from private and public collections around the world. Essays by Anne-Marie Logan and Michiel C. Plomp provide overviews of Rubens’s career as a draftsman and of the dispersal of his drawings among collectors after his death. The authors discuss the various functions of Rubens’s drawings as preparatory studies for paintings,...


Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens
9053495002
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
A simple mission lies at the heart of Rubens: to give the most complete picture of the great Flemish master as possible. No fewer than 163 paintings, sketches, and drawings by the artist, plus nine tapestries, are put to this worthy task. A faithful, objective understanding of Rubens arises, from his beginnings under the influence of his master Otto Venius and Italian art, right through to the end of his career, when he basked in a major Spanish commission. Rubens is at home in all genres, and all are represented here: from landscapes to portraits, from altarpieces to genre scenes, and historical paintings too, of course. Even the talents of the decorator are revealed in his painted sketches, drawings, and tapestries. For this publication, the master's oeuvre is divided into five groupings: Rubens’ Beginnings,...


Rubens Drawings
Peter Paul Rubens
0486259633
Apr 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
A generous selection of Rubens' best drawings, chiefly portraits and religious and mythical scenes, that fully reveal his supreme artistic gifts. Publisher's note.


Peter Paul Rubens
Johann Kraftner
0500976473
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Many European cities claim to be cities of Rubens. They do so either for biographical reasons—because the artist once lived there—or because of the presence of his paintings in their museums' collections. But since the spring of 2004, when the major works in the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein returned to their traditional home, Vienna has been outshining the other Rubens cities, such as Antwerp and Genoa, both in the sheer number and in the importance of its Rubens paintings. Because of the variety and high quality of their works by Rubens, the great collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Liechtenstein Museum, and the Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste are in a position to provide a comprehensive overview of the artist's career. "The Triptych of St. Ildefonso,"...


Peter Paul Rubens: The Life of Achilles
Friso P. Lammertse
9056623273
January 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
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 off of. For the first time, this volume...


Rubens
Kristin Lohse Belkin
0714834122
October 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Phaidon continues its "Art & Ideas" series with these two explorations of major artists. Both books firmly anchor the art in the life-context and experiences of the artist, thus allowing the reader to chart clearly his thematic and stylistic development. Belkin (an editor of The Letters of Peter Paul Rubens, Northwestern Univ., 1991) sets the stage for a discussion of Rubens by explaining the political and religious divisions in the Netherlands and by examining his early family life. She traces Rubens's visit to Italy, where he immersed himself in the works of Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Correggio, and then follows him to Antwerp, where he was both a full-fledged painter and a diplomat in good stead with the major courts of Europe. She does a marvelous job of tracking the progression of Rubens's artistic,...


Masters of Art
Charles Scribner
0810915693
May 1989
Hardcover
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Treasures of the PRADO
Felipe Vicente Garin Llombart
0789204908
October 1998
Hardcover
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Amazon.com
Another in the Abbeville's Tiny Folios series, this little book is a real gem. If you've never been to the Prado Museum in Madrid, you have been blissfully unaware of all you've been missing. One look at this survey of the collection, and you'll be scouring the papers for cheap fares to Spain. Known for housing some of the finest works by Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez, the scope and variety of work--Titian, Rubens, and Bosch to mention only a few--is amazing. Most of the works in the museum were either commissioned by the Spanish court or purchased by Spanish ambassadors. Treasures of the Prado is a testament to their fine taste and vision. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Reubens and Brueghel
Anne Woollett
0892368470
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
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...


Peter Paul Rubens: A Touch of Brilliance
Mikhail Piotrovsky
3791330268
January 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Two important collections of Rubens’ oil sketches and drawings are brought together in this revealing look at the artist’s inspiration, technique, and place in history. The Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens created a breathtaking body of work, which included many altarpieces, murals, and triptychs commissioned by wealthy patrons. The sketches and paintings Rubens created as foundations for these works reveal much about the artist’s working practices. This volume reproduces more than seventy works from the celebrated collections at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and London’s Courtauld Institute Gallery. It allows readers to follow the development of such masterpieces as The Descent from the Cross, The Medici Cycle, and the Ceiling of the Banqueting House in Whitehall. Four...


Reubens and Brueghel
Anne Woollett
0892368489
June 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
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...


Peter Paul Rubens
New Line Books
1840135611
March 2005
Hardcover
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Peter Paul Rubens
Claudia Bauer
3791330764
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Introducing Prestel Art Guides: attractive, affordable and authoritative. What more could you want from a reference book? Designed to slip into a pocket, backpack or purse, and written to deliver concise information, these new guides to the world’s major artists are a handy reference tool. Open any page of these guides and you’ll find a host of facts and illustrations clearly presented in eye-catching spreads. Compare and contrast details of artworks. Learn about the artist’s life and times. Follow the evolution of a career. Discover where his or her works can be found today. Enhanced with glossaries, bibliographies, and maps, the guides are printed on heavy, coated paper with a flexible cover that is durable enough to withstand repeated use. With this much information made accessible, Prestel’s...


Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
Peter C. Sutton
0300106262
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens—created at speed and in the heat of invention with a colorful loaded brush—convey all the spontaneity of the great Flemish painter’s creative process. This ravishing book draws from both private and public collections to present in full color 40 of Rubens’s oil sketches. Viewers will find in these informal paintings an enchanting intimacy and gain a new appreciation of Rubens’s capacity for invention and improvisation, and of his special genius for dramatic design and coloristic brilliance.

The book investigates the role of the oil sketch in Rubens’s work; the development of the artist’s themes and narratives in his multiple sketches; and the history of the appreciation of his oil sketches. It also explores some of the unique aspects of...

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