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Royal Academy of Arts – Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

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Highlights

  • Exhibition exploring the artistic legacy of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)
  • See over 160 works comprising paintings, drawings and prints
  • Presentation of masterpieces by Rubens plus major works by artists influenced by him during his lifetime and up until the 20th century
  • Artists featured include Van Dyck, Watteau, Turner and Delacroix
  • Rubens and His Legacy will be presented by six themes encompassing Poetry, Elegance, Power, Lust, Compassion and Violence

Description

The Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition in the UK to examine Peter Paul Rubens’ influence on art history. Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne explores the artistic legacy of the Flemish painter and the artists who were inspired by him.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)

Rubens was one of the most sought after artists of his day and had an international list of patrons that included members of some of the most important royal families in Europe, the aristocracy and the Church. Rubens had an in-depth knowledge of Renaissance art and used his studies of the Italian Masters to develop his own style of lively realism and rich brushwork, creating monumental and dynamic paintings.

He painted a variety of genres including altarpieces, family portraits, landscapes and historical and mythological scenes. Rubens is most renowned for his paintings of fleshy, sensuous “Rubenesque” women.

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

This exhibition will bring together masterpieces by Rubens and the artists he influenced, including Van Dyck, Watteau, Turner and Delacroix, as well as Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Klimt and Picasso. See over 160 works comprising paintings, drawing s and prints drawn from some of the finest collections worldwide. Each piece on show has been chosen carefully for its significance to Rubens’ legacy.

The exhibition will present Rubens as an artist whose visual language, from composition to theme, style and colour, impacted on artists at the time and has had continued for artists throughout the centuries following his death. Rubens and His Legacy will be presented by six themes encompassing Poetry, Elegance, Power, Lust, Compassion and Violence, with each theme linking the work the Rubens to subsequent generations of great artists.

Additional Information

Please Note:
  • Voucher to be exchanged on arrival for timed entry ticket and a time will be allocated
  • At busy times, there may be queuing involved to collect tickets
  • Children under 16 receive free admission, but a ticket still needs to be reserved
Inclusions:
  • Entry to the exhibition
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transfers

Venue Information:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Nearest Underground: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park
Bus Routes: 9, 14, 19, 22 or 38

Image Credits:

Peter Paul Rubens
Pan and Syrinx, 1617
Oil on panel, 40 x 61 cm
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Kassel
Photo: Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister/Ute Brunzel
Exhibition organised by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

Peter Paul Rubens
Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt, 1616
Oil on canvas, 256 x 324.5 cm
Rennes, Musée des Beaux Arts
Photo © MBA, Rennes, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / AdélaïdeBeaudoin
Exhibition organised by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

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