- Bookshop: Bookshop Erik Tonen Books (Belgium)
- ILAB-LILA Member
- Publisher: Berlin, Michael Imhof Verlag 2005, 2005
- Subjects: Belgische kunst voor 1830 ; Belgium art before 1830 ; Belgium art before 1830 ; Belgium art before 1830
- Shipment weight: 750 g
Hardcover, 188 seiten, Deutsch, 305 x 225 mm, in sehr guten zustand, mit illustrationen in farbe und s/w,. ISBN 9783865680495. The most important Flemish painter of the 17th century, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), was already considered one of the most learned representatives of his guild during his lifetime, as he was likely to have dealt with theoretical questions of his art. So far, only sparse written evidence of often questionable authenticity has been used as evidence. For the first time, the work systematically puts a series of previously inadequately interpreted handwritten main mythological works in a common context and analyzes them in detail against the background of the theory of the 16th and 17th centuries, which was mostly associated with Italian art. The author succeeds in showing that the relatively "new" genre of mythological histories in the Netherlands around 1600 gave the painter extensive freedom in terms of form and content to construct novel and unusual pictorial statements. The paintings examined testify to Rubens' differentiated and comprehensive theoretical reflection on the power and possibilities of his art in the medium he is most familiar with, painting itself.