The catalog of the works of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), a champion of Baroque theatricality, movement, and sensuality, contains more than 1,000 references. This summary monograph presents the most important works of an astonishingly prolific artistic career, exploring Rubens' inspirations and innovations, as well as his incredible influence on the visual arts and art history.
This richly illustrated book surveys Rubens' portraits, landscapes, and historical paintings, as well as his famous full-figured nudes. It examines the artist's dazzling technique and his ability to translate narrative into powerful and eloquent scenes, whether for an erotic mythological episode or a wise biblical story. This remarkable artistry is placed both in the long line of artists inspired by Rubens, from Van Dyck to Velázquez and beyond, and in the context of his life as a scholar, diplomat and knight.