Rubens: Basic Art

by Gilles Néret


An indispensable overview of one of the most influential artists of the Flemish Baroque tradition, Peter Paul Rubens.

With a staggering 1,000 plus catalogued works, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) stands out as a leader of 16th-century Baroque art, known for his dramatic, dynamic, and sensual works. This comprehensive guide covers the most significant pieces of his prolific career, examining his influences and innovations and discussing the lasting influence he had on art history.

The richly illustrated survey takes in Rubens's portraits, landscapes, and historical paintings, as well as his famed and bountiful nudes. Along the way, we examine the artist's astonishing technique and his deft ability to depict narrative in a compelling and legible visual form, whether an erotic mythological scene or a tender biblical story.

This remarkable artistic bravura is placed in context both within Rubens's long art historical legacy through Van Dyck, Velázquez, and beyond, and his other talents as a classical scholar, diplomat, and knight.


Book contains: 96 pages.

Dimensions: 26 x 21 cm