Rubens

Metamorphosis

Edited by Stefan Weppelmann and Jochen Sander

Rubens

Edited by Stefan Weppelmann and Jochen Sander

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

336 pages | 292 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9783777428581 Published January 2018 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Even in his lifetime, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was renowned throughout Europe, and today he is justly celebrated as the greatest painter of the Flemish Baroque. This book draws on the large number of paintings from Rubens and his workshop owned by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which include both exuberantly colored, multi-figured masterpieces—such as the huge altarpieces he produced for the Jesuit church at Antwerp—and intimate compositions like The Fur, Head of Medusa, or his late Self-Portrait. Those extensive holdings are augmented for this volume, which accompanies a major exhibition, by loans from numerous international institutions to offer a powerfully rich depiction of Rubens’s work in a wide range of media, including drawings, oil sketches, panel paintings, and large-scale canvases. In addition, the book features work by the painter’s contemporaries, enabling us to see how he was inspired by, and built on, the work of others, including Titian and Caravaggio. The result is perhaps the most complete account we’ve had of Rubens’s artistic achievement, a celebration of a true master.
 
Contents
Foreword
Sabine Haag
Director-General, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Philipp Demandt
Director, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Introduction
Stefan Weppelmann, Jochen Sander
The Universal Power of Transformation
Essays
Stefan Weppelmann
Ruben’s Special Effects and the “Second Creation of the World”
Aneta Georgievska-Shine
In nova fert animus … Rubens and the Poetics of Transformation
Alejandro Vergara
Ruben’s Will
Nils Büttner
Transformation and Perspicuity: Rubens and the Language of Images
David Jaffé
Ruben’s Aids to Inventing
Jochen Sander
Rubens and Elsheimer
Nico Van Hout
“Rubens” and the Passion, Composition on the Basis of a Brainstorming Session?
Gerlinde Gruber with
Geert van der Snikt, Stijn Legrand and Koen Janssen
Variations on the Theme of the Goddess of Beauty
Fiona Healy
Invention and Transformation: The Holy Family under the Apple Tree and Other Paintings of the Holy Family
Jeremy Wood
Rubens at Work with Scissors and Paste: The Artist as Creative Editor
George Bisacca
Ruben’s Puzzle
Elke Oberthaler, Georg Prast and Ina Slana
Ruben’s Stormy Landscape- Condition Assessment and Resotration
Catalogue
Nils Büttner
The Basics: Copying and Interpreting
Gerlinde Gruber
Theory and Practice of the Representaiton of the Human Body
Jochen Sander
Ancient Models
Stefan Weppelmann
Seeing Bodies and Paintings Bodies
Nils Büttner
Mirror Images and Naked Bodies
Gerlinde Gruber
Medusa- Hallmark of Metamorphosis
Gerlinde Gruber with Geert van der Snikt, Stijn Legrand and Koen Janseen
Material Transformations
Appendix
Bibliography
Photo Credits
 
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