18 October 2017

The Art Society

David Cross : Peter Paul Rubens, Colour, Creativity, Diplomacy and Collecting.

At the basement of the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, Governors Parade. 

We gather for registration and welcome drink at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. 

Tall, handsome, courteous and bearded, Rubens (1577-1640) was the greatest artist in Europe during the Baroque era.  Based in Antwerp, he moved in the highest circles in Italy, Spain, England and the Netherlands.  Knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England, he was successful equally as an artist and a diplomat.  This Prince of Painters, who ran a busy studio, was also the master of the great Van Dyck.  As a brilliant draughtsman, he covered the range of genres and among his vast output were voluptuous Venuses and numerous other exuberant canvases featuring the range of classical mythology.  His altarpieces were in great demand during the Counter Reformation; his portraits are well observed; his landscapes are memorable and his works appear in numerous major collections.  An early internationalist, he said: ‘I regard all the world as my country’.  This lecture will explore his rich palette, his lively handling and the sheer brilliance of his textures. Furthermore, Rubens was a scholar, a linguist and an enthusiastic collector of gems, coins, cameos and sculpture, in which he manifested an intense sense of beauty.  His treasures alone earn him a place in art history.