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Almost no other artist exercised such a decisive influence on European Baroque painting as Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640) did. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt dedicates a comprehensive special exhibition to the world-renowned artist, which is on show from 8 February to 21 May 2018: Photo: Städel Museum.
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Rubens. The Power of Transformation comprises about one hundred items— including thirty-one paintings and twenty-three drawings by the master—and explores a hitherto little-regarded aspect in his creative process. Photo: Städel Museum.
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The presentation reveals how profound the dialogue was into which Rubens entered with his predecessors' and contemporaries' achievements and fathoms the scope of their impact on the five decades of his production. Photo: Städel Museum.
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Rubens's extensive oeuvre reflects the influences of ancient sculpture as well as that of the later art from Italy and north of the Alps, from the masters towards the close of the fifteenth century to the artists of his own day. Photo: Städel Museum
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Frequently, only a closer look will reveal how Rubens drew on the work of artists of different epochs: the exhibition offers an opportunity to comprehend the sometimes astonishing correlations in detail. Photo: Städel Museum
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The cross-genre presentation brings together paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and objets d'art. Photo: Städel Museum
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In addition to original sculptures dating from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, the show also encompasses paintings and prints by Rubens's precursors and contemporaries, among them key works by Titian and Tintoretto, by Goltzius, Rottenhammer, and Elsheimer, as well as by Giambologna, Van Tetrode, and Van der Schardt. Photo: Städel Museum
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Städel Director Philipp Demandt: "We are able to present an extraordinary artist's genius in all its facets to our public with this large-scale exhibition project. The comprehensive show offers a fascinating view of Baroque masterpieces that have never ceased to spellbind the viewer." Photo: Städel Museum.
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"Rubens was one of the most prolific and fascinating artists of the Baroque age who not only influenced numerous subsequent generations in the field but also literally drank in various sources for his pictorial solutions himself. Our exhibition offers the unique opportunity to directly re-enact this creative process in our minds", says Jochen Sander, curator of the exhibition and Head of German, Dutch and Flemish Paintings before 1800 at the Städel Museum. Photo: Städel Museum.
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Structured after pictorial motifs and themes, the tour takes visitors along well-known mythological subjects such as Venus and Adonis, the Judgement of Paris or Prometheus chained to a rock but also confronts them with crucial topics of the Old and the New Testament such as the beheading of Holofernes or the Entombment of Christ. Photo: Städel Museum.