Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Introduction

The Church Triumphant


Rubens as Entrepreneur: Designs for Sculpture, Architecture and Prints


History and Politics: Glory to the Hero


The Workings of the Studio: Head Studies, Portrait and Genre


Myth and Majesty: The Humanistic Tradition


Landscape and Hunt Scenes: Projects for Philip IV

Introduction

Peter Paul Rubens
Samson and Delilah, probably 1609
Oil on panel, 52.1 x 50.5 cm
Cincinnati Art Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Leyman Endowment,
acc. no. 1972.459


Peter Paul Rubens
The Capture of Samson, ca. 1609-10
Oil on panel, 50.4 x 66.4 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund, acc. no. 1923.551
Shown at the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Jacob Matham after Peter Paul Rubens
Samson and Delilah, probably 1613
Engraving, 37.5 x 44.1 cm
Cincinnati Art Museum, The Harry S. Leyman and Eva Belle Leyman Fund, acc. no. 1973.740M


The Church Triumphant

Peter Paul Rubens
Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1617-18
Oil on panel, 48.2 x 64.8 cm
Private Collection (Courtesy David Koetser, Zurich)
Shown at the Bruce Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
Christ on the Cross, ca. 1618-20
Oil on panel, 20.3 x 15.3 cm
Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York


Peter Paul Rubens
The Virgin as the Woman of the Apocalypse, ca. 1623-24
Oil on panel, 63.5 x 49.2 cm
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, acc. no. 85.PB.146


Peter Paul Rubens
The Glorification of the Eucharist, ca. 1633-35
Oil on panel, 71.1 x 48.3 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Ogden Mills, 1929. (37.160.12)
www.metmuseum.org


Peter Paul Rubens
The Martyrdom of St. Paul, ca. 1637
Oil on panel, 38 x 22.9 cm
Private collection
Shown at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum only


The Jesuit Church at Antwerp

Peter Paul Rubens
St. Gregory of Nazianzus, 1620-21
Oil on panel, 50.2 x 65.4 cm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, George B. Matthews Fund, 1952, inv. 1952:14


Peter Paul Rubens
The Last Supper, 1620-21
Oil on panel, 43.8 x 44.1 cm
Seattle Art Museum, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, acc. no. 61.166


Triumph of the Eucharist Series

Peter Paul Rubens
The Gathering of Manna, ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 64.8 x 52.3 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Frances and Armand Hammer Purchase Fund, inv. M.69.20


Peter Paul Rubens
The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in Adoration, ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 66.7 x 46.7 cm
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Gift in memory of George W. Norton IV, by his mother, Mrs. George W. Norton, Jr., and his aunt, Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson, 1966.16


Peter Paul Rubens
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, ca. 1628
Oil on panel, 66 x 82.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of Syma Busiel, 1958.4.1 (1506)
Shown at the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
Charity Enlightening the World, ca. 1627-28
Oil on panel, 36.8 x 29.4 cm
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Museum Purchase, acc. no. AC 1961.142
Shown at the Bruce Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Succession of the Popes (Allegory of Eternity), ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 66 x 34.3 cm
San Diego Museum of Art (Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1947; funds for Nazi-era restitution settlement provided by the estate of Walter Fitch III, 2004), inv. 1947:8


Peter Paul Rubens
The Triumph of Hope, ca. 1625
Oil on panel, 16 x 19 cm
Collection Richard L. Feigen


Rubens as Entrepreneur: Designs for Sculpture, Architecture and Prints

Peter Paul Rubens
St. Norbert Overcoming Tanchelm, ca. 1622-23
Oil on panel, 66.5 x 46 cm
Private collection
Shown at the Bruce Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Road to Calvary (Christ Carrying the Cross), ca. 1632
Oil, emulsion paint on panel, 59.7 x 45.7 cm
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, inv. 1966.16


Peter Paul Rubens
Last Supper, ca. 1632
Oil on panel, 61.8 x 48.5 cm
Private Collection
Shown at the Bruce Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Elevation of the Cross, ca. 1637-38
Oil on paper, backed by canvas, 60 x 126.5 cm (later enlarged to 70 x 131.5 cm)
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Purchase, 1928, acc. no. 906


History and Politics: Glory to the Hero

Peter Paul Rubens
Decius Mus Relating His Dreams, ca. 1617
Oil on panel transferred to canvas (1773) in turn transferred to masonite (c. 1954-55), 80.7 x 84.5 cm
Samuel H. Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, 1957.14.2 (1394)
Shown at the Bruce Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Emperor Julius Caesar, ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 33 x 26.6 cm
Stephen Mazoh, New York


Peter Paul Rubens
The Duke of Buckingham, ca. 1625
Oil on panel, 46.6 x 51.7 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, no. AP 1876.08
Shown at the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
Briseis Returned to Achilles, 1630-31
Oil on panel, 45.4 x 67.6 cm (without the added strips)
The Detroit Institute of Art, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, acc. no. 53.356
Shown at the Bruce Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Reconciliation of King Henry III and Henry of Navarre, 1628
Oil on panel, 22.5 x 18.4 cm
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: Marion Stratton Gould Fund, acc. no. 44.24


The Life of Constantine

Peter Paul Rubens
The Triumphant Entry of Constantine into Rome, 1622
Oil on panel, 48.6 x 64.5 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Clowes Collection, inv. IMA2001.237
Shown at the Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Labarum, 1622
Oil on panel, 35.4 x 27.5 cm
Private collection
Shown at the Bruce Museum only


Ceiling for the Banqueting House, Whitehall

Peter Paul Rubens
Two Figure Studies (Mercury and a Yeoman), ca. 1632-33
Oil on panel, 63.5 x 53 cm (2.5 cm strip added at right)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund 42.179


Peter Paul Rubens
Peace Embracing Plenty, ca. 1632-34
Oil on panel, 62.9 x 47 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1977.14.70
Shown at the Bruce and Cincinnati Art Museum only


The Workings of the Studio: Head Studies, Portrait and Genre

Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Youth, 1601-1602
Oil on paper, mounted on panel, 34.9 x 23.4 cm
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida Manning Collection, 1999, acc. No. 507.1999


Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Young Warrior, ca. 1614-15
Oil on panel, 50.8 x 41.5 cm
Private collection
Shown at the Bruce Museum only


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


Peter Paul Rubens
Studies for Figures in a Larder, ca. 1630-33
Oil on panel, 20.3 x 28.2 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, inv. 5146
Shown at the Berkeley Art Museum and Cincinnati Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
Sketch for a Portrait of a Family (Peter Paul Rubens and Hélène Fourment, with Nicolaas and Clara Johanna Rubens), ca. 1632
Oil on panel, 35.5 x 38.2 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917, inv. J#622


Myth and Majesty: The Humanistic Tradition

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


Peter Paul Rubens
The Three Graces, ca. 1625-28
Oil on panel, 39.9 x 39.9 cm
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, inv. DPG264


Peter Paul Rubens
Two Prisoners, ca. 1628
Oil on panel, 31.7 x 49.8 cm
Private Collection


Torre de la Parada

Peter Paul Rubens
Aurora and Cephalus, 1636
Oil on panel, 30.8 x 48.5 cm
The National Gallery, London, no. NG2598


Peter Paul Rubens
Clytie Grieving, 1636
Oil on marouflaged panel, 15.6 x 14.8 cm (painted surface: 14 x 13.3 cm)
Private collection


Peter Paul Rubens
The Abduction of Dejanira by Nessus, 1636
Oil on panel, 18.7 x 14 cm (with approximately 2 mm additions on right and left edges)
Ivor Foundation


Peter Paul Rubens
Nereid and Triton, ca. 1636
Oil on panel, 14.5 x 14 cm
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, inv. St. 32


Landscape and Hunt Scenes: Projects for Philip IV

Peter Paul Rubens
Hercules Strangling the Nemean Lion, ca. 1639
Oil on panel with traces of red chalk, 23 x 39.2 cm
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Gift of Dr. Charles and Nobuko Kuhn in honor of Charles L. Kuhn, Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1930-1968, acc. no. 2000.199
Shown at the Bruce Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
Bear Hunt, ca. 1639
Oil on panel, 26 x 53.7 cm
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna Fund, 1983.69


Peter Paul Rubens
Diana and Nymphs Hunting Fallow Deer, ca. 1639
Oil on panel, 23.5 x 52.6 cm
Private Collection
Shown at the Bruce Museum and the Cincinnati Museum only


Peter Paul Rubens
The Death of Silvia's Stag, ca. 1638
Oil on panel, 23.2 x 52.6 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917, inv. J#663




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