Rubens and His Legacy

Van Dyck to Cézanne

24 January — 10 April 2015

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"One of art's greatest figures"

The Independent

"Superb moments of instinctive insight"

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The Independent

Peter Paul Rubens has been described as the “prince of painters”. A bold claim? Judge for yourself at this, the first major overview of his work and legacy.

Rubens and His Legacy brings together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed. We see the influence of Rubens in the prints of Picasso and Rembrandt, in the portraiture of Van Dyck, in the hunting scenes and devotional works of Delacroix, and in the landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough. It is a far reaching and remarkable legacy.

Rubens, best known for his fleshy nude women, also embraced a broad array of subjects, from religious and mythological scenes to landscapes and portraits. We look at each of these areas through the lens of six themes; power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence.

Set to be one of the biggest spectacles of 2015, this is an unprecedented opportunity to see masterpieces by Rubens side by side with the work of his artistic heirs.

Online booking for this exhibition has now closed, however there will be tickets available at the ticket desk for the final evening on 10 April.

24 January — 10 April 2015

Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm

Main Galleries, Burlington House

£16.50 (without donation £15). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.