Gorgeous, Voluptuous and Only Four Hundred Years Old

October 15, 2014 12:01 AM

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The most successful artist of his time; his gorgeous, voluptuous, and very expensive artworks --often of monumental scale --is an absolute must-have for the powerful and wealthy. No, no, no... I am not talking about Jeff Koons. Let's travel back 400 years and say hello to Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640), the Flemish painter who was the most sought after artist in Europe during the first half of the 17th century.

The new exhibition at The Getty Museum, Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucahrist, is a rare opportunity for us to see his small-scale sketches, or modelli, that Rubens executed with his trademark bravura brushstrokes. But that's only part of the deal. These sketches were used as a sort of bl...

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