Rubens and the Birth of the Baroque

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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[Image: Peter Paul Rubens Portrait of Clara Serena Rubens 1615-16, Oil on canvas, mounted on panel ©LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienna]

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This exhibition focuses on Rubens’ relationship with Italy, where ancient and Renaissance art once thrived. Rome was also the center of Baroque art. Raised in Antwerp, Rubens became familiar with ancient culture as a child and had a special admiration for Italy. Beginning in 1600, he lived in the country intermittently for a period of eight years and made great advances in his painting by studying the works he saw there. Along with Rubens’ own paintings, this exhibition presents ancient sculptures and works by Italian artists from the 16th century and the Baroque era. While examining what Rubens learned from Italy, it will shed light on the artist’s ties to the Italian Baroque. This will be the largest display of Rubens’ art in recent years in Japan.



from October 16, 2018 to January 20, 2019


Peter Paul Rubens et al.



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