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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486259633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486259635
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Paul Rubens' gifts as an artist were as comprehensive as they were supreme. A prolific painter of illimitable resource and invention, he was a master of intellect and emotion, figure and form, color and sweep. In all his artistic endeavors, he proved himself the true heir of Renaissance art of both the North and the South, inspired by—and assimilating—the best of both. Yet he was very much a man of his time and in retrospect the most powerful, exuberant, and sensuous exponent of the Baroque style in painting.
His extraordinary drawings reflect all of these qualities but color, and in them the viewer can clearly perceive—and enjoy at leisure—the awesome range of Rubens' genius. In this superb collection of 44 of his choicest drawings are deeply probing portraits and powerful religious and mythical scenes. His self-portrait, full of opulent and flowing forms, reaches out to us with a startling, penetrating gaze. His individual portraits of a young girl and of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, reveal in both instances a touching sensitivity mixed with aristocratic self-possession.
Here, too, are two scenes of poignant tenderness suspended in a majestic flow of movement: one depicting the entombment of Christ; the other, Venus lamenting Adonis. The exciting "The Death of Hippolytus" and "A Battle of Greeks and Amazons" reveal Rubens' total command of complex patterns of action and movement. These and over three dozen other works offer limitless pleasure and stimulation to all who prize and wish to study the art of drawing at its most inspired. Meticulously reproduced on fine-quality paper, and offered at a very reasonable price, this beautiful book belongs with others in your collection, reflecting the greatest achievements in Western art.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "artlover10" on January 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book on the drawings of Rubens. The works are very diverse and a whole range of different media are used. This is a great book to study for an art student.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Hoenes on June 29, 2005
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Contrary to Redmund's review, this is a tidy collection of one of history's most underrated daughtsmen. For those like me, who do not like Ruben's paintings (note to Redmund: Rubens had a virtual factory of workers who did most of his painting), this book is both surprising and delightful.
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By V. C. Hetle on October 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great little find. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic art ,and especially rubens fans. I'd have given it 5 stars, but next to it, it said "I LOVE IT!", I reserve those affections for people, but this art comes pretty darn close.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nottingham on September 18, 2002
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This book is not one of the best among those in the Dover Art Library. A handful (about a half-dozen) of pictures are good with sufficient details and/or a tight organization to be appreciated. Most are so-so. Some are definitely fillers. It does not help that Rubens himself, according to the Publisher's Note, did not think highly of his own drawings and did not even sign a single one of them. All told, this selection is not impressive.
Rubens's paintings, rather than his drawings, should rightly be his legacy.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Maria L. Fernandez on December 28, 2007
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Drawings are look more like an inexpensive comic book than a master drawing's book, I am very disappointed with this book.
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