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Rubens and His Legacy by Nico van Hout, Alexis Merle du Bourg, Gerlinde Gruber

Rubens and His Legacy

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Rubens and His Legacy by Nico van Hout, Alexis Merle du Bourg, Gerlinde Gruber

Rubens is undoubtedly the most influential Flemish painter. Through reproductions in print, his compositions had an immense impact, even during his lifetime. Himself indebted to Titian, Rubens became a role model to Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Velazquez, and influenced artists well beyond his time, including figures such as Cezanne, Picasso, Bacon and Freud. This stunning new volume explores Rubens' legacy thematically, through a series of sections devoted to Violence, Power, Lust, Compassion, Elegance and Poetry. Illustrating some of the artists most famous paintings alongside great works that bear his influence, each section will link artists across the centuries in their references to Rubens, from Van Dyck and Watteau to Manet, Daumier, Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as Gainsborough, Constable and Turner.

About the Author

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Arturo Galansino is curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Gerlinde Gruber is curator for Flemish Baroque paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Nico van Hout is a member of the collections research team at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. David Howarth is professor of history of art at the University of Edinburgh. Alexis Merle du Bourg is an art historian and a Rubens specialist.

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Publication date

6th October 2014


Nico van Hout, Alexis Merle du Bourg, Gerlinde Gruber

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Royal Academy of Arts


352 pages


Art & design styles: Baroque
Individual artists, art monographs
Painting & paintings



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