Rubens & his 3,000 Paintings – Emma Micheletti (1968), tr. Firman O’Sullivan

Rubens: The Hippopotamus Hunt, 1614-18 (Courtesy: www.peterpaulrubens.net)

Rubens: The Hippopotamus Hunt, 1614-18 (Courtesy: http://www.peterpaulrubens.net)

Rubens: Self-portait (1616-18) (Courtesy: commons.wikipedia.org)

Rubens: Self-portait, 1616-18 (Courtesy: commons.wikipedia.org)

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Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) created more than three thousand paintings. With remarkable consistency, they are of high quality, and in their day were in high demand by regal and ecclesiastical courts, and the made the artist not only very wealthy but also astoundingly famous. His roots were Flemish and Catholic, and his sphere of activity stretched from England to Russia. His subjects ranged amongst Flemish landscape, Christian iconography, portraits, exotic hunts, and classical Rome.

Rubens: Isabella Brant, his first wife, 1625 (Courtesy: de.wikipedia.org)

Rubens: Isabella Brant, his first wife, 1625 (Courtesy: de.wikipedia.org)

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Micheletti’s little book provides a biography inclusive of Rubens’s diplomatic assignments; a discussion of Rubens’s work, styles, themes, and influences; and an overview of his character. She also provides provenance and commentary on the 79 plates included in the book.

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