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The Making of Rubens Paperback – July 25, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
A re-examination of Rubens's work by one of today's leading art historians.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Peter Paul Rubens has always been eminently accessible, an artist at ease with the conventions and traditions of his time, successful and prolific, admired if not revered. In this intense study of two of Rubens's bacchic paintings, "Kermiss" and "Silenus," Alpers (Rembrandt's Enterprise, LJ 6/15/88) examines Rubens's reputation in terms of present-day art history, considering the social, political, and gender implications and the development of national tastes. Alpers successfully discusses how the works, by turns vulgar and opulent, are imbued with a sense of abandon, quite at variance with the image of Rubens as the organized, practical creator and purveyor of art. However, perhaps because this work grew out of an earlier study, Alpers too often suggests an analysis and then backs away from it. While it is interesting to see how Alpers's ideas develop, the ultimate product here is disjointed. Interesting but not essential for large collections.?Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.