• Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, Brussels - London, 1968-

The catalogue raisonné of Rubens' oeuvre -the most ambitious catalog project ever dedicated to a single artist- discusses and reproduces every painting, every sketch and every drawing of the Master, complemented by woodcuts and prints that were produced under his supervision.

The Corpus is comprised of 29 parts, each one directed at a specific subject from Rubens' rich production (Old Testament, landscapes, Saints, etc.). One single part can contain up to eight volumes. The compilers of the Corpus, internationally respected researchers associated with domestic and foreign universities or museums, base themselves on the documentation that was collected by the eminent Rubens' expert Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960). Authors evaluate his exhaustive documentation and supplement it with the information that has come to light since 1960 and with the results of their own research. The Corpus can be viewed as the completion of Burchard's life work.

The first part of the Corpus appeared in 1968. In the meantime, 21 various authors have published 18 parts (partial) in 28 volumes. The completion of the series is planned for 2020.

Click here for a complete list of the published parts and those yet to appear.


  • J. Vander Auwera et.al., Rubens - Een genie aan het werk. Concerning Rubens's works of art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium exh. cat.: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Tielt 2007.


  • F. Baudouin, P.P. Rubens, Antwerp 1977.


  • K. Belkin, F. Healy & J. Muller, Een huis vol kunst: Rubens als verzamelaar exh. cat.: Rubenshuis, Antwerp, Antwerp 2004.


  • A. Brejon de Lavergnée et al., Rubens exh. cat.: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, Paris 2004.


  • L. Burchard & R.-A. d'Hulst, Rubens Drawings (2 vols.), Monographs of the "Nationaal centrum voor de plastische kunsten van de XVIde en XVIIde eeuw" II, Brussels 1963.


  • J.S. Held, The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens. A critical catalogue (2 vols.), Princeton 1980.


  • N. Van Hout & A. Balis, Rubens doorgelicht. Meekijken over de schouder van een virtuoos, exh. cat.: Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Antwerp 2010.


  • D. Jaffé, E. McGrath et al., Rubens. A Master in the Making, exh. cat.: National Gallery, London, London 2005.


  • M. Jaffé, Rubens and Italy, Oxford 1977.


  • M. Jaffé, Rubens: catalogo completo, Milan 1989.


  • J. Kräftner, W. Seipel & R. Trnek (eds.), Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640. Die Meisterwerke. Die Gemälde in den Sammlingen des Fürsten von und zu Liechtenstein, des Kunsthistorisches Museums und der Gemäldegalerie der bildenden Künste in Wien, Vienna 2004.


  • A.M. Logan & M.C. Plomp, Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings, New York 2005.


  • G. Martin, Rubens in London. Art and diplomacy, London - Turnhout 2011.


  • M. Rooses, Rubens' leven en werken, Antwerp 1903.


  • M. Rooses, l'Oeuvre de P.P. Rubens. Histoire et description de ses tableaux et dessins (5 vols.), Antwerp 1886-1892.


  • M. Rooses & Ch. Ruelens, Correspondance de Rubens et documents épistolaires concernant sa vie et ses oeuvres (6 vols.), Antwerp 1887-1909.


  • A. Rosenberg & R. Oldenbourg (ed.), P.P. Rubens. Des Meisters Gemälde in 538 Abbildungen, Klassiker der Kunst 5, Stuttgart - Berlin 1921.


  • K.A. Schröder & H. Widauer (eds.), Peter Paul Rubens, tent. cat.: Albertina, Vienna, Ostfildern 2004.


  • P.C. Sutton, M.E. Wieseman & Nico Van Hout, Drawn by the Brush. Oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, exh. cat.: Bruce Museum of arts and Science, Greenwich (CT); Cincinatti Art Museum, Cincinatti (OH); University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley (CA), New Haven - London 2004.