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