Rubens

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General Books, 2013 - 40 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...pictures for his own personal pleasure. Thus most of the artist's Mythological subjects: --Judgments oj Paris, Rapes of Helen, or of Nymphs, representations of the Three Graces, of Venus, of Diana, and of Satyrs, &c.--appear to belong to this period. Fig-n' PoRTRA, T OK A man. ln, he Pinako, h: k at Munich; After a photograph from the original by Franz Hanfstangl, Munich. Since the master always (To page 94.) Knackfuss, Rubens. 7 courted the chance ot painting from the nude, it is easy to understand why, when he worked for his own pleasure, he usually chose subjects from Classical Legends. But History also often afforded him stimulating subjects. Thus in the Louvre we find a representation of the Scythian Queen, Tomyris, ordering the head of Cyrus to be dipped in blood: a painting, the rich colours of which Fig. 80. Portrait Of A Man. In the Dresden Gallery. After a photograph from the original by Braun, Clement & Co., Dornach, Paris and New-York. (To page 94.) bear no unfavourable comparison with Paolo Veronese's Marriage in Cana of Galilee. In Munich there is a Death of Seneca, a gloomy composition in accordance with the spirit of the subject, and at Buckingham Palace a Pythagoras lecturing to his pupils. Besides these scenes taken from profane History, there are also some drawn from the Old Testament, such as, for example, the impressive painting, at Munich, of the Reconciliation of tacob and Esau (Fig. 88). This last-named picture offers once more a curious instance of those repetitions, which it pleased the artist to introduce;--not however'as a whole, but in the separate groups. Among the women placed by Jacob at the head of his train to inspire the pity of his brother's approaching host, in the foreground we may notice a...

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