Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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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

Landscape and Hunt Scenes: Projects for Philip IV

In the last decade of his life, Rubens painted a series of contemporary and mythological hunt scenes commissioned by Philip IV to decorate a room in the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Bovˇda de Palacio. These fluidly-painted sketches are a remarkable combination of energy and lyricism.

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

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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

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Peter Paul Rubens
Diana and Nymphs Hunting Fallow Deer (detail), ca. 1639
Oil on panel, 23.5 x 52.6 cm
Private Collection

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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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