By Mark Lamster
Even if his attractiveness is eclipsed through Rembrandt at the present time, Peter Paul Rubens was once respected through his contemporaries because the maximum painter of his period, if now not of all background. His indisputable creative genius, reinforced via a modest disposition and a name as a guy of tact and restraint, made him a favourite between monarchs and political leaders throughout Europe—and gave him the suitable conceal for the clandestine actions that formed the panorama of seventeenth-century politics.
In grasp of Shadows, Mark Lamster brilliantly recreates the tradition, non secular conflicts, and political intrigues of Rubens’s time, following the painter from Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome and offering an insightful exploration of Rubens’s paintings in addition to the non-public passions that stimulated it.
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