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Rubens : A Double Life - Marie-Anne Lescourret

Paperback Published: 19th December 1993
ISBN: 9781566632508
Number Of Pages: 320

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When Peter Paul Rubens died in 1640 he left an indestructible reputation as one of the world's great painters. His prolific output included some 1,300 paintings (compare this with Leonardo's 20 and Vermeer's 36) as well as books of engravings, architectural drawings, and sketches. He also left a beautiful young wife, a vast personal fortune, a palatial house in Antwerp, and collections of old masters, antiquities, and precious stones. Largely forgotten now is Rubens's reputation as an accomplished diplomat who played no small part in ending the Thirty Years' War and was knighted by both Spain and England. Marie-Anne Lescourret has captured Rubens's enormous life in a vivid portrait which encompasses the turbulent history of his times. Without neglecting his paintings, she gives the reader a fascinating picture of war-torn Europe, court intrigue, and the interchanges between the painters, scientists, diplomats, churchmen, and political leaders of the age. Rubens is a painter whom everyone acknowledges as great but few people have understood. This illuminating, rounded biography offers an unmatched perspective on the man and his work. With 8 pages of illustrations.

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A fine portrait of the artist...provides some much needed insight into his life.--Bookwatch

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Divided Childhood (1577-1600)
Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelinckp. 3
Rubens's Mastersp. 11
Italian or Flemish Art?p. 13
Italian Journey (1600-1608)
Mantua, at the Court of Vincenzo de Gonzagap. 18
Spanish Intermezzop. 34
Art and Societyp. 41
The Painter of Antwerp (1608-1622)
The Return Homep. 49
The House beside the Wapperp. 60
Businessmanp. 74
Stylistp. 87
Proteus (1622-1626)
The Humanistp. 103
Marie de Medicis's Galleryp. 117
First Steps in Diplomacyp. 126
Contacts with Englandp. 132
The Emissaryp. 137
The Embassies (1627-1634)
A European Contextp. 141
First Movesp. 144
The Public Manp. 153
Madridp. 159
Londonp. 163
Society Lifep. 166
Negotiationsp. 167
Denouementp. 172
The End of the Embassiesp. 174
The Poor Flemish Hours of Marie de Medicisp. 176
Final Mission, Final Rebuffp. 179
Epiloguep. 184
Rubens's Last Summer (1635-1640)
A Time for Livingp. 187
Painter of Womenp. 205
Landscapesp. 208
Metamorphosesp. 213
Principal Works Consultedp. 223
Notes and Referencesp. 226
A letter in Latin by Philip Rubens to Peter Paul on his return from Spainp. 241
Introduction to The Palaces of Genoap. 243
Preparatory programme for work in the Medicis Galleryp. 245
Letter to Chancellor of Brabant, Peter Pecquius, of 30 September 1623p. 251
Rubens's letter to the Infanta Isabella of 15 March 1625p. 253
Negotiations with England: Discourses between Rubens and Gerbierp. 258
Letter given to Rubens by the Lord Treasurer of Englandp. 262
A letter from Rubens to the Conde-Duke D'Olivaresp. 264
Diploma of knighthood delivered to Rubensp. 268
Rubens's long letter from Mons of 1 August 1631p. 270
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781566632508
ISBN-10: 1566632501
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th December 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.29  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52