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Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640: The Masterpieces from the Viennese Collections Hardcover – January 15, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500976473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500976470
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,488,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lala R. on April 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful illustrations -- I think this is the best illustrated Rubens book out there. It has breathtaking closeups (very good for artists) and so many of them!
The only problem is that the colour photos are too pink. I've seen the paintings themselves and plates in other books and the flesh tones really are not that magenta tint -- it's a mistake in the printing. But a very slight one. The book is definitely worth its relatively reasonable price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Paul Thornton, Author on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A phenomenal, thick Peter Paul Rubens book, with a breathtaking variety of work. Yet the reason to purchase this item is for the large, close-up details which are essential for artists, students and lovers of painting. Close-up heads, hands, drapery, costume elements and backgrounds show the textures, brushwork and layering that cause the viewer to "understand" the genius of Rubens. The life-sized "Head of Medusa" detail, with her freshly splattered blood droplets transforming into twisting snakes is worth the price of the book alone. Then there are the stunning examples of the master's latter works, which appear like rich, luminous watercolors when viewed up-close. The clarity of the printing is terrific, and the temperature balance of the color is very good. I found The warm/cool balance to be depicted rather well, and usually with great nuance. Having seen nearly all of the originals in Vienna, I feel that all in all the fidelity is strong.
The fantastic art of Peter Paul Rubens must be seen up-close in order to be fully appreciated, and thus far, this thick volume is the best you can invest in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vrkaya on March 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have quite a few catalogues about Rubens. This is, by far, the most beautiful one I have found. It contains wonderful reproductions and closeups, and many paintings I had never seen. The other review mentions a problem of "pinkness" but the plates look fine to me. If you have a chance to get this catalogue, jump at the chance - you will not regret the purchase.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on October 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There is a special kind of humiliation that goes with being able to focus on the most pathetic aspect of everyday things and people. Nietzsche mentioned the superfluous ones in Zarathustra's meditation on free death:

Die at the right time.

Rubens provided oil paintings in a mirror image for making a series of large tapestries in which a leaping white horse was the symbol of the time of death for a Roman official in a battle against peasants who did not wish to be part of the Roman empire. I have been reading a history of such battles in the time of Spartacus. This book on Rubens provides references to validate the classical ideas that Rubens was painting to keep a tradition of glory alive in a rich age.

Americans have some ideas about wealth that shift as the meaning of money changes to:

it all went by so fast. Dire Straits called a song Your Latest Trick.

Time has made a giant of Peter Paul Rubens and the pictures in this book look like giant things.
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