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British Painters and Rubens’s Poetic Pastorals (Rubens Talk Series)

Online event: 21 July 2021

Date: Wednesday 21 July 2021
Times: 19:00 to 20:00 BST
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Speaker: Prof Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Talk Description: In this talk, Tim Barringer will explore the character of Rubens’s landscapes, which blend the legacies of classical poetry with the rough and tumble of rural life in the 17th century. Erudite references mix with rustic pastimes. While Rubens’s grand historical and religious paintings, like his portraits, commanded admiration across Europe, British artists and collectors found a special affinity with his pastoral works. Painters such as Constable, Turner and Bonington were indelibly affected by the experience of seeing Rubens’s paintings and drawings, allowing them to see the natural world anew.

About the Speaker: Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at Yale University. He contributed to Rubens and his Legacy, the RA’s exhibition catalogue, and has co-curated exhibitions including American Sublime. Opulence and AnxietyPre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-GardeThomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings, Picturesque and SublimeUnto this Last and Radical Victorians.

Rubens Talk Series, 9 June to 21 July: To accompany the Wallace Collection’s new exhibition, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, this series of seven evening talks will explore different aspects of Rubens’s extraordinary life and achievements, the fascinating social, cultural and economic circumstances of his age, and his enduring artistic legacy.

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