Designed by Rubens

<p>Never before has this aspect of Rubens as an artist featured in an exhibition. If alongside &lsquo;brilliant&rsquo; and &lsquo;erudite&rsquo;, there is one other epithet that captures Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), it would be &lsquo;versatile&rsquo;. This special exhibition shows Rubens as the all-rounder and wizard that he was, a Renaissance man par excellence, donning a Baroque jacket.</p>

Biblical and mythological, allegorical scenes, intimate landscapes, hunting pieces, portraits, architecture designs, prints and tapestries: Rubens excelled in all genres and in that versatility, he had few equals. Among the most remarkable and most fascinating aspects of Rubens' unusually varied artistic activity are his designs for small sculptures in precious ivory or bronze, and for decorative objects in ivory and silver. In 'Rubens as a designer’, these designs - paintings, oil sketches, drawings - and of course the sculptures and objects themselves, are presented to the public for the very first time.

Highlights

For the first time, oil sketches and designs are united with their final, three-dimensional realizations in bronze, silver and ivory. With loans from, among others, royal collections from Sweden, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Negotiations are being held to allow the exhibition travel to the Uffizi in Florence.

Practical information

Rubens House, 16 or 23 March to 24 June 2018

Admission: EUR 10/8

Guided tours: EUR 75 for two hours + EUR 5 reservation fee (max. 15 people per guide). Book at least three weeks in advance via Visit Antwerpen (mail).

Not accessible to wheelchair users and buggies.

Accessible to people with visual disabilities.

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