Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Peter Paul Rubens
Three Nymphs with a Cornucopia (Ceres and Two Nymphs with a Cornucopia), 1625-28
Oil on panel, 30.9 x 24.4 cm
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, inv. DPG43

Public Programs


Each museum hosting the exhibition will offer a rich array of public programs, outlined below. Please note that these listings are subject to change.

Cincinnati Art Museum: June 11 - September 11, 2005
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: March 2 - May 22, 2005
Bruce Museum of Arts and Science: October 2, 2004 - January 30, 2005


Cincinnati Art Museum
http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Programs are currently being scheduled, and will include:

The Fire of Genius: Rubens and the Oil Sketch
Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Who: Betsy Wieseman, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture
In honor of the opening of Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, explore these exquisite small paintings and discover their relationship to the larger, finished works.
Cost: Free. Bring your membership card for Shop discounts.
Reservations: Reservations not required.


Apollo's Fire
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about the age of Rubens with this moving performance of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music played on period instruments.
Cost: $12 general public; $6 Members and college students.
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply.


Art du Jour: Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
Friday, June 24, noon
A half-hour, docent-led tour followed by lunch in The Terrace Cafe.
Cost: Members only, cost of menu item in the Terrace Cafe, plus gratuity.
Reservations: Reservations required. Call (513) 639-2971


Art Appreciation Seminar: Peter Paul Rubens
Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore Rubens's fascinating life and work by learning more about the context in which he worked. Docents lead this one-day, interactive seminar.
Cost: $13 for the general public, $8 for members. (Cost of meal is not included.)
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.

In the Studio with Rubens
Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Who: Betsy Wieseman, Ph.D., Curator of European Painting and Sculpture
Get a feel for Rubens's working practice and the business of his studio through an in-depth discussion of selected works in the exhibition Drawn by the Brush. Cost: All Gallery Talks are free.
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.

Rubens in His Time
Friday, July 29, 2 p.m.
Who: Kristi Nelson, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost and Professor of Art History, University of Cincinnati
Delve into the political and cultural history of seventeenth-century Flanders, Rubens's status during this time, and how each impacted his works.
Cost: All Gallery Talks are free.
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.


Examining the Religious Aspects of Rubens's Works
Friday, August 5, 2 p.m.
Who: Reverend Christopher Armstrong, Pastor, St. Antoninus Church
The Counter Reformation produced some of the most passionately religious works in the history of art. Join us to explore Rubens's interpretation of religious subjects.
Cost: All Gallery Talks are free.
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.


From Author to Artist Book Club: Lenoir
Saturday, August 20, 1 p.m.
Written by Ken Greenhall. This fictional biography follows the life of one of Peter Paul Rubens's models, an enslaved African transported to Europe. Read each book prior to the meeting date and join us for a discussion about the book and related artwork. Books may be borrowed from the library or purchased at a bookstore or online. Call (513) 639-2973 for more information. Produced in collaboration with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


Art, International Politics, and Diplomacy in Rubens's Time and Today
Wednesday, August 31, 6:45 p.m.
Who: Betsy Wieseman, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture; Renilde Loeckx, Consul General of Belgium; Paul Allaer, Honorary Consul of Belgium
Seventeenth-century European rulers entrusted artist Peter Paul Rubens with many diplomatic missions. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the role of art in Belgium's culture and politics today.
Coproduced by the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati.
Cost: $15 for the public; $10 for Museum and World Affairs Council members
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.


Global Forum Luncheon
Wednesday, August 31, 11:45 a.m.
Who: Renilde Loeckx, Consul General of Belgium
Where: The Banker's Club
In honor of Peter Paul Rubens's homeland, join us for this special talk by the Consul General on Belgian commerce and politics.
Cost: $50 for the public; $40 for Museum members and World Affairs Council Members.
Reservations: Reservations required. Call (513) 621-2320 or email world1@worldaffairs-cin.org


Rubens's Painting Techniques
Friday, September 9, 2 p.m.
Who: Stephen Bonadies, Deputy Director
What's so great about Rubens? Just one answer is his masterful skill with the brush. Come take a closer look at the painting techniques of Rubens.
Cost: All Gallery Talks are free.
Reservations: Register online or by phone at (513) 721-ARTS. Online convenience fees apply. Members' priority registration is available until two weeks before program begins.




University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Panel Discussion
Picturing Pain in Rubens's Time and Our Own

Sunday, March 6, 3-6 p.m.
Artists Catherine Opie and Tina Takemoto and art historians Betsy Wieseman, curator at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, and Stephan Jost, director of the Mills College Art Museum, will discuss the imagery of suffering and its changing role in art. Moderated by Beth Dungan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Medicine, the Humanities, and Law, UC Berkeley

Conversation: The Road to Calvary
Wednesday, March 16, 12 noon
Art historian David Steadman will join Alejandro Garcia-Rivera from the Jesuit School of the Graduate Theological Union in conversation about the Berkeley Art Museum's own Rubens grisaille The Road to Calvary.

Lecture by Svetlana Alpers
Painting Out of Conflict: Velázquez, Rubens, and the Dutch in Time of War
Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m.
Distinguished and influential art historian Svetlana Alpers, who is UC Berkeley professor emerita and visiting scholar at New York University, will present a slide-illustrated lecture about the relationship of art to war.

Musical Performance by UC Chamber Chorus
Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m.
The acclaimed UC Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Marika Kuzma, will present a concert of Counter-Reformation music from the years Rubens spent in Italy.

Guided Tours
UC Berkeley graduate students in art history will lead tours of the exhibition on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Please check the calendar section of the website for updated schedules.

Sign Language-Interpreted Tour
Date TBA



Bruce Museum of Arts and Science
http://www.brucemuseum.org

Monday Art History Lectures

Emulation and Innovation: Rubens's Life and Work
A series of lectures presented by four outstanding art historians from Columbia University's Ph.D. program. All lectures are on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission to lectures (does not include admission to the exhibition): Series price (all four lectures): Museum Members $24, nonmembers $40. Individual lectures: Members $8, nonmembers $12.

Italian Renaissance
October 4
Sara Switzer will discuss the development of the Italian Renaissance from the perspective of what Rubens would eventually find most inspirational. She will also focus on the development of media, specifically the oil sketch.

Michelangelo and the Making of Rubens
October 18
Victoria Sancho will discuss the influence that Michelangelo exerted on artists of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Particular interest will be paid to Rubens's interest in Michelangelo's style.

Northern Renaissance
October 25
Obayemi Onafuwa will talk about Italianate influences in the Netherlands during the Renaissance, leading up to the work of Rubens.

Baroque
November 1
Veronica White will lecture on Rubens's legacy, providing a summation of Rubens's interest in Italy and his novel introductions, including prints, the oil sketch, and subject matter.


Teachers' Preview
Tuesday, October 12, 3:30-5 p.m.
A Museum staff tour of the exhibition followed by the presentation of school program and teacher materials (.1 CEU). Open to schoolteachers only. Reservations are required; call the Education Department at 203.869.6786, ext. 338.


Film Series
High Drama: Seventeenth-Century Artists
A series of films shown on four Wednesday mornings will examine several exceptional and influential artists of seventeenth-century Europe. All films are shown at 10:30 a.m. and are followed by coffee and discussion. Films are free with Museum admission. Reservations are suggested by calling the Museum at 203.869.0376.

Caravaggio (28 mins), Rembrandt by Himself (27 mins),
Rembrandt and Velazquez: Two Faces of the Seventeenth Century (28 mins)
November 10

Velazquez: The Painter of Painters (56 mins)
November 17

Pieter Paul Rubens, Part I, Classical Synthesis - Prophet of Modern Painting (50 mins)
December 1

Pieter Paul Rubens, Part II, Celebrating the Art of Painting (51 min.)
December 8


Symposium
Peter Paul Rubens and the Studio System
Symposium Schedule and Registration Information
Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. An all-day symposium including a series of lectures in the morning followed by a panel discussion focusing on the oil sketches and drawings of Rubens and the seventeenth-century Flemish studio system. The symposium will feature international scholars including (list not confirmed):

Lecturers: Gregory Martin, Consultant, Old Master Paintings, Christie's London; Michiel Plomp, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alexander Vergara, Senior Curator of Flemish and Northern European Paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Panelists: David Freedburg, Professor of Art History, Columbia University and Director, The Italian Academy of Advanced Studies in America; Anne-Marie Logan, Guest Research Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Jeffrey Muller, Professor of Art History, Brown University; Peter C. Sutton, Executive Director, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science; Marjorie E. Wieseman, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Cincinnati Art Museum

Morning coffee and refreshments, luncheon, and afternoon coffee break are included. Admission per person: Members $50, nonmembers $75. Advance reservations are required. Send check or credit card number with expiration date to: Rubens Symposium, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. No phone reservations accepted.






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