Rubens; His Life, His Work, and His Time Volume 1

Rubens; His Life, His Work, and His Time 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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...that came to light in a sale at Rheims in 1883, give an idea of the stiff and hard execution of the original which is now lost. According to a letter dated March 18, 1621, from T. Locke to Sir Dudley Carleton, it then belonged to Charles, Prince of Wales. Rubens was not altogether satisfied to be represented in the Prince's collection by so little notable a specimen of his talent, "executed in my youth," as he himself put it when proposing to an agent of the prince the acquisition of another of his works, "greatly superior in technique to the Holofernes." x A Latin inscription placed under the engraving by Cornells Galle, the elder, reminds us that it was in memory of a promise made in Italy to Jan van den Wouwere (IVowcrius) that the plate, "the first engraved on copper 1 Letter to William Trumbull, September 13, 1621. after one of his paintings, is dedicated by Rubens to his illustrious friend." The diversity of the subjects treated by Rubens clearly testifies to the versatility of his talent. Meanwhile, his reputation was increasing, and the commissions entrusted to him became more and more numerous. The archdukes had been among the first to recognise his merit. Biographers tell us that he painted for them a Virgin with the Infant Jesus, and that he was also asked to paint their portraits. The last are known to us only through the engravings executed in 1615 by Jan Muller, and the copies in the possession of the Guild of Fencers of Ghent. During the sittings, the governors doubtless learned to appreciate the artist's distinction, and the charm of his manners and conversation. To testify their satisfaction, on August 8, 1609, they ordered for him of their goldsmith, Robert Staes, for a sum of 300 florins, a more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584074
  • 9781236584076