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Rubens & Women Review

This exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London was housed in the side galleries of the museum, with some lovely paintings, drawings and even a classical Venus sculpture to make their point.

Despite the obvious fact that Rubens most definitely must have loved women (you only need to see the attention he placed in painting his first wife's bossom!),I struggled to see another side of Rubens and these "powerful" women.

The selection was based on women as warriors, creators of life and keepers of the peace, which one can argue were all there. To me though, this small selection of paintings highlighted something else - and equally important: how Rubens arrived at his preferred form through an engagement with sculpture, careful study of antique models and observations from life. 


To watch the lecture covering this exhibition please use the following link:


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