From Titian to Rubens

From 5 September 2019 until 1 March 2020 the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents 'From Titian to Rubens. Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish Collections', an exhibition curated by Ben Van Beneden, director of Rubenshuis in Antwerp. The magnificent Doge’s apartments will be transformed into veritable ‘constkamers’, rooms filled with exquisite art demonstrating the riches of Flemish ...

New volume Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard on Rubens's Architectural Sculpture

Painted altarpieces form an important and familiar part of Peter Paul Rubens’s substantial oeuvre. Much less widely known is the fact that Rubens’s involvement in such commissions sometimes went beyond the paintings themselves, and that he also designed sculptural framing and decorative surrounds for his patrons. There are several examples of designs by Rubens for sepulchral monuments too.

These ...

Conference 'Artistic relations between Antwerp and Genoa, 1550-1650'

Rubens, Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Antwerp and Genoa share a similar history as important trade centres in the early modern period. The Rubenianum organizes a symposium on September 20th about the artistic connections between Antwerp and Genoa in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

A select number of specialists will present papers on the many connections between the harbour cities, including an active art trade, Genoese patro ...

Rubens in San Francisco and Ontario

Epitaph of Jan Michielsen and his Wife Maria Maes

The exhibition ‘Early Rubens’ will be on view at the Legion of Honor (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) from April 6 through September 8, 2019, and then at the Art Gallery of Ontario from October 12, 2019, through January 5, 2020.

In 1608, after a period of intense artistic study in Italy, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) returned to his home town Antwerp. ‘Early Rubens’ is the first exhibition de ...

Rubens House completes restoration of portico and garden pavilion

Portiek en tuinpaviljoen Rubenshuis

The imposing portico and garden pavilion at the Rubens House can now be viewed again by the public. After a year and a half, their restoration is complete. He designed both features himself, making them rare evidence of Rubens as an architect. 

Following his return from Italy in 1608, Rubens introduced Antwerp to his fascination for classical and contemporary Italian architecture. He and his firs ...

Oil sketch by Rubens discovered

Recently, curator and Rubens expert Friso Lammertse of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen presented an oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens to a panel of fellow experts. The sketch, a design by Rubens for a tapestry, was thought to be lost.

Friso Lammertse: “The oil sketches that Rubens made for the Triumph of the Eucharist tapestry series are some of the finest in his oeuvre. It was one of the biggest pr ...

New and essentiel documents on the 17th Century Antwerp panel makers on website JVDPPP

Petition of the Antwerp panelmakers (13 November 1617). Antwerp City Archives, Guilds and Trades, 4346

The Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project (JVDPPP) is an innovative multidisciplinary art historical initiative co-founded by Dr. Joost Vander Auwera and Drs. Justin Davies. The project is systematically studying the oil paintings on oak panels by Jacques Jordaens (1593-1678) and Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641). JVDPPP is a collaboration between the Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium and the ...

Theodoor van Loon, a caravaggist painter between Rome and Brussels

Theodoor van Loon, The Martyrdom of Saint Lambert, ca. 1616-1617

Theodoor van Loon (1581/82-1649) was one of the first painters in the Southern Netherlands to be heavily influenced by Caravaggio’s work and style. Like his contemporary Rubens, he was inspired by the Italian masters, developing his own powerful and unique style. Van Loon was one of the most prominent painters of his generation, executing prestigious commissions for the court of the Archdukes Albe ...

New events within the framework of the cultural city festival 'Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires'

Peter Paul Rubens, design Labore et Constantia, s.d.,

With the 'Baroque Book Design' exhibition at the Plantin-Moretus Museum and an exceptional loan of 'The Massacre of the Innocents' at the Rubens House, Antwerp is under the spell of Peter Paul Rubens and his Baroque cultural legacy this autumn.

Baroque Book Design
From 28 September 2018 until 06 January 2019, The Plantin-Moretus Museum

How did the book evolve during the Baroque period? Why did a ...

Mauritshuis Rediscovers Jan Steen Painting

The Mocking of Samson, a painting in the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA), has been restored by the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The painting was temporarily loaned for the Jan Steen research project conducted by the Mauritshuis and Shell. After extensive research specialists concluded that the painting - long thought to have been an eighteenth-century copy after Jan Ste ...