Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Click on a heading in the left frame to view a group of oil sketches relating to a particular theme, or select a thumbnail to see and read more about an individual work. Texts are adapted from the exhibition catalog. Purchase the catalog.


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

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

This section gathers head studies and unfinished compositional sketches to explore the workings of the artist's studio. Rubens made many head studies from live models. These sketches were not created for a specific, finished painting, but rather kept on hand in the studio as a visual resource for adding realistically observed figures to future compositions.

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


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Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Young Warrior, ca. 1614-15
Oil on panel, 50.8 x 41.5 cm
Private collection


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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


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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


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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


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