Baroque art in Flanders

Rubens—a painter to Europe's most wealthy and powerful—is the star.

1600 - 1700

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Peter Paul Rubens, <em>Venus, Mars and Cupid</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, Venus, Mars and Cupid

Was it a diplomatic gift? Is it even a Rubens? Many questions surround this work; technical analysis can help.

Anthony Van Dyck, <em>Samson and Delilah</em>
Anthony Van Dyck, Samson and Delilah

Will Samson wake from his slumber? In this dramatic scene, all eyes are on those giant shears.

Anthony van Dyck, <em>Charles I at the Hunt</em>
Anthony van Dyck, Charles I at the Hunt

Van Dyck makes painting look easy! His king is just as self-assured—despite having dismounted, he exudes strength.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

The myth is ancient, but these figures couldn’t be closer. Rubens’s virtuoso brushwork and color are on display.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>The Consequences of War</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, The Consequences of War

This energetic painting captures the horror of war, from its overwhelming hopelessness to its cultural costs.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>Arrival (or Disembarkation) of Marie de Medici at Marseilles</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, Arrival (or Disembarkation) of Marie de Medici at Marseilles

In Rubens’s hands, leaving a ship becomes a triumphal event—complete with a trumpeting angel.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>Elevation of the Cross</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, Elevation of the Cross

Heave-ho! Rubens’s muscle-bound figures struggle to lift the cross and seem ready to burst through the painting.

Peter Paul Rubens, <em>The Presentation of the Portrait of Marie de’ Medici</em>
Peter Paul Rubens, The Presentation of the Portrait of Marie de’ Medici

Be still, my heart! A portrait of Marie attracts the king’s gaze, yet our eyes zig-zag around this busy canvas.

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