Rubens Volume 2

Rubens Volume 2

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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: ...their generous nurse. The eldest is holding up his garment, into which a small winged genius is putting fruit; the youngest has a grape in his hand. On the left squats Pan, the god of the fields, holding out to the children a cornucopia pouring forth fruits. Behind him Wealth advances carrying a vase full of plate and Joy dancing and leaping to the sound of the castanets and tambourine. In the upper part hovers a Cupid with a caduceus in his hand, bringing a crown to Peace. In the background Minerva, armed with her lance and helmet on head, is repelling Mars, who, sword in hand, is trying to throw himself upon Peace; Hatred and Destruction follow close behind him. In the distance flames and smoke rise from devastated fields. The group composed of Peace, Pan, Wealth and Joy is of great beauty; the nude flesh of the women and the drapery round the waist of Wealth make superb passages of colour; the group of children is still more beautiful, and full of nature, simplicity and charm. Unfortunately the painting has suffered, the colours have grown darker, the background has turned black and the brilliance of the light parts is proportionately deadened; the panel and the paint are cracked, and have been clumsily restored. Rubens painted this picture in his friend Gerbier's house, where he was staying; and there, too, he found most of his models. Gerbier's wife sat for the Goddess of Peace, and his children for the little boys and girls that appear in the composition. We find them again in a group in which Rubens painted Mme. Gerbier with a child on her lap and three others, a boy and two girls, standing before her. We know two copies of this picture. The first belongs to the Royal collection at Windsor Castle. It forms the central part of a...
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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530853
  • 9781236530851