Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Early Rubens at The AGO

Lamentation (Christ in the Straw),1618

Early Rubens
Art  Gallery of Ontario
Oct. 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020

A scholarly as opposed to blockbuster Rubens exhibition opens this October in Toronto (touring from the SF MOMA). The show includes work between 1609 and 1621 in Antwerp, at a rare time of peace in the city. During this time, Rubens was able to establish his career, especially through generous commissions from the Catholic church. The works are sumptuous, fleshy, high drama, and everything else characteristic of Rubens. A good exhibition to spend hours taking in Rubens' Baroque theatre and seemingly endless details of splendid light and colour.

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