Rubens: Antiquity in pictures | Apollo Review

ByDavid M. Conte

Nov 5, 2021

This exhibition at Villa Getty is indeed the first to focus on Peter Paul Rubens’ debt to ancient art (November 10-January 24, 2022). The Flemish painter was passionate about the classical world and amassed a significant personal collection of marble sculptures and sculpted gemstones – some of which are on display here, alongside the Getty’s renowned classical collections and Rubens’ paintings and drawings of heroes, of nymphs, hunts and battles. A particular highlight is the Rubens pairing Calydonian boar hunt (vs. 1611-1612) with an ancient sarcophagus panel depicting the same scene, which he saw while in Italy in the early 1600s. For more, see the Getty website.

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Sarcophagus panel with the Calydonian boar hunt (280-290), Romain. Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

The Glorification of Germanicus (Gemma Tiberiana) (1626), Peter Paul Rubens.

The Glorification of Germanicus (Gemma Tiberiana) (1626), Pierre Paul Rubens. Photo: © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Allegory of War (c. 1628), Peter Paul Rubens.

Allegory of War (vs. 1628), Peter Paul Rubens. Photo: © Liechtenstein, The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienne / SCALA, Florence / Art Resource, NY 2021

Statuette of Venus (100-200), Roman.

Statuette of Venus (100-200), Roman. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


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