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The Afterlives of Rubens in Early Modern Mexico

Lecture: 28 June 2015

From the website of the Rubenianum, 9 June 2015

Aaron Hyman, The Afterlives of Rubens in Early Modern Mexico

On the occasion of Rubens’s birthday, this lecture explores his afterlives. Rubens’s compositions, in printed form, circulated broadly through the Catholic world, leaving copies in their wake. From the valley of Mexico to the Andean highlands to the shores of Goa, one can find works of art that hew closely to their Rubensian prototypes, and that helped visualize a Catholic faith on the move in the early modern period. But did “Rubens” travel with his compositions in a newly globalized world? This lecture will trace the contours of two interrelated phenomena: on the one hand, Rubens became a palpable symbol for New World artists, a lens through which they understood their own artistic practices, and on the other, Rubens would become disconnected from the figures he helped create, figures that would take on lives of their own.

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