Rubens Volume 1

Rubens Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...altar of the chapel of Sl John the Evangelist in the church of Sl Omer was restored, and over it was placed a picture of flat painting, pourtraying the descent of Our Lord Jesus - Christ from the cross, and it was said that it cost two hundred and 50 florins in Antwerp, - without reckoning the cost of bringing it here, and then the carpenter and the image-carver - had five hundred florins -. Unfortunately the picture has been very much damaged; its low price implies that Rubens did not spend much work on it. In its essential parts the subject is treated as in the Antwerp - Descent from the Cross -. At the top one of the workmen is leaning over the cross and holding Christ by the arm; two others stand on the ladder and hold the Saviour, who is lying on the shroud which is passed under his chest. The body has slipped nearly to the ground, so that the kneeling Magdalen is able to embrace both legs in her arms, and Mary, who is also kneeling, is able to draw towards her the arm that hangs free. John is standing and supporting his master's chest. Is this a first version of the subject, abandoned by Rubens as a not very happy one, and executed by a pupil after his sketch? or is it a reproduction he had made, into which he has introduced important modifications of deliberate purpose, so as not to send anything elsewhere that might resemble a replica of the masterpiece of Antwerp? The date given in the document quoted above argues for the first supposition; so does the fact that the composition is very far indeed from successful. The group which, in the Antwerp picture, surrounds the beloved with a circle The Descent From The Cross (Museum, Lille). of care and love, is completely broken here; workmen and friends are...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632117
  • 9781236632111