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

Myth and Majesty: The Humanistic Tradition

This section focuses on Rubens's rendering of mythological and allegorical subjects. Rubens's profound and intimate understanding of the classics is reflected in his innovative and thoughtful compositions of these tales of love and passion, betrayal, loss, and vengeance.

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


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


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


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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

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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


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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


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


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