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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