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Rubens International Study Day

19 January 2024

Rubens International Study Day

Symposium: 19 January 2024

In conjunction with the exhibition Rubens & WomenDulwich Picture Gallery is organizing a study day examining the art of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens from various interdisciplinary perspectives. The sessions will bring together established voices to explore new approaches to the artist, his works, myths and audiences.

With contributions from the Rubens & Women exhibition co-curators and leading Rubens scholars, the day will be structured around four themes: gender, beauty, love and power. Situating Rubens within his historical context, this event will address the continued relevance of Rubens’s images of women, and changing perceptions and perspectives on his art.


Chaired by Dulwich Picture Gallery Director Jennifer Scott   

13:15-13:45pm: Session 1 – Gender
Exhibition Co-Curator Dr. Amy Orrock and Dr. Olenka Horbatsch, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, will introduce Rubens’s writings and drawings on women. What might the evidence on paper reveal about his studio practice and the role of women in his life?

13:45-14:15: Session 2 – Beauty
Jacqueline Ansell, Senior Lecturer and writer, explores the topic of beauty through the fashion of the time, its meaning and connection to the works of Rubens.

14:15-14:30 Break – Tea and Coffee (Provided by DPG)

14:30-15:00: Session 3 – Love
Dr. Bert Watteeuw, Director of the Rubens House, will present new archival discoveries on Helena Fourment, fleshing out a rather meagre historiographical profile and returning agency to a mute muse. 

15:00-15:30: Session 4 – Power
Co-Curator Dr. Ben van Beneden will highlight how Rubens merged politics and power in his art, as he was not only the most internationally acclaimed artist of his time but also an important diplomat who was sent on missions to Spain, the Netherlands and England.   

15.30-15.40: Comfort Break 

15:40-16:15: Plenary       

16:15-17:00: Gallery Visit

For information and registration, please see the event website.

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