Rubens was the most successful painter in Europe in the first half of the seventeenth century, and one of the most productive – some 1,500 of his works survive. This exhibition explores how he collaborated with the many assistants who worked in his studio.
The title, ‘Rubens’s Workshop’, alludes to both a way of working and a physical place: the workshop in Antwerp where the painter produced his paintings. The exhibition will include a reconstruction of that workshop, composed of easels, canvases, paints, brushes, palettes, tientos, and other materials and objects (some seventeenth-century, some modern reproductions), as well as books, antique busts, and other elements that recall Rubens’s collection and interests.
Twenty paintings, two drawings and five engravings will be displayed in the exhibition. These works will serve to illustrate the various forms of collaboration between the master and his assistants.
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