Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Negro, ca. 1618-20
Oil on panel, 45.7 x 36.8 cm
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, inv. 1971.40
Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens is supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens is the first exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive survey of Rubens's oil sketches. Painted in preparation for other, larger works, including tapestries, altarpieces, engravings, sculptures, and ceiling paintings, these small, engaging sketches were completed entirely by the artist's own hand; they are thus a direct record of the artist's creative process, an intimate glimpse of the original spark of inspiration. Rubens (1577-1640) was a man of broad talents and interests; he was immensely successful as a diplomat, entrepreneur, and artist in service to powerful patrons across Europe. Drawn by the Brush provides today's viewers with a window into the fertile imagination of this master, revealing his artistic passion, spontaneity, and spirit of invention.
This exhibition, accompanying catalog, and website create a multilayered and interdisciplinary educational approach to the life and work of Peter Paul Rubens in the context of seventeenth-century Europe.
Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens is co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT; and the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH.
The exhibition is curated by Peter C. Sutton, Director of the Bruce Museum, and Marjorie E. Wieseman, Curator of European Painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum. At the Berkeley Art Museum, the exhibition is organized by Lucinda Barnes, Associate Director for Art, Film, and Programs.
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